Dust carried by gusty winds prompts health caution

May 28, 2014 

Dusty air as a result of gusty winds has prompted the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to issue a health cautionary statement through Wednesday evening throughout the eight-county air basin: Stanislaus, San Joaquin, Merced, Madera, Fresno, Kings, Tulare and the Valley portion of Kern counties.

Winds may produce areas of localized blowing dust, which can result in unhealthy concentrations of particulate matter 10 microns and smaller (PM10). Exposure to particulate pollution can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, trigger asthma attacks and bronchitis and increase risk of respiratory infections.

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

For more information, visit www.valleyair.org or call a district office in Modesto, (209) 557-6400; Fresno, 559-230-6000; or Bakersfield 661-392-5500.

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