Air pollution officials issue health cautionary statement

Blowing dust as a result of developing winds has prompted local air pollution officials to issue a health cautionary statement Tuesday and Wednesday morning for the entire valley portion of Kern County.

Officials say 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.

Officials say 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.

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