Windy conditions prompt valley-wide health alert

04/30/2013 1:42 PM

04/30/2013 1:44 PM

Yet another windy Tuesday in the Northern San Joaquin Valley prompted local air pollution officials to issue a health cautionary statement through 10 a.m. Wednesday in several counties, including Stanislaus, Merced and San Joaquin.

Blowing dust can result in unhealthy concentrations of particulate matter 10 microns and smaller (PM10), which in turn can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, trigger asthma attacks and bronchitis, and increase risk of respiratory infections.

Officials with the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District issued the alert, suggesting 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 at (209) 557-6400.

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