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Valley Air District issues health caution due to gusty winds, blowing dust

Posted at 8:54 AM, Apr 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-09 20:47:19-04

The Valley Air District has issued a health caution due to gusty winds and blowing dust.

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District says a cold front is producing strong to gusty winds, causing blowing dust in the San Joaquin Valley.

The Valley Air District says exposure to particulate pollution can cause serious health problems, such as aggravate lung disease, trigger asthma attacks and bronchitis, and an increase risk of respiratory infections.

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.

The health caution is in effect from Tuesday into Wednesday morning for the entire San Joaquin Valley.

The Kern County Department of Public Health added that on windy days like Tuesday, risk of Valley Fever also increases. Public Health also advises to avoid outdoor exposure to avoid that risk.