Expected wind, dust prompts advisory for Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced counties

November 14, 2013 

— Anticipated dust stirred up by wind gusts has led air-pollution officials to issue a health caution through Sunday for Stanislaus, San Joaquin and Merced counties, among others.

Winds may produce areas of localized blowing dust, which can result in unhealthy concentrations of particulate matter 10 microns and smaller. Exposure to particulate pollution can aggravate lung disease, trigger asthma attacks and bronchitis, and increase risk of respiratory infections.

People with heart or lung disease should follow their doctors’ advice for dealing with episodes of particulate exposure. Older adults and children should avoid prolonged exposure or heavy exertion, depending on their local conditions.

Visit the Real-time Air Advisory Network page on the district’s website at www.valleyair.org/Programs/RAAN/raan_landing.htm.

For more information, visit www.valleyair.org or call the district’s Modesto office at (209) 557-6400.

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