Health alert issued due to blowing dust

Albuquerque
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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A health alert has been issued Monday by the Environmental Health Department’s Air Quality Program for those with respiratory conditions.

Officials say the high winds and blowing dust may cause elevated levels of particulate matter.

Those with asthma, chronic bronchitis and other respiratory and heart diseases are encouraged to limit outdoor activity, according to the health department.

During blowing dust events, the following actions are recommended, especially for individuals sensitive to particulate pollution:

  • Keep windows and doors closed. If needed for comfort, use air conditioners or heating systems on recycle/recirculation mode.
  • Limit your time spent outdoors.
  • If symptoms of heart or lung disease occur, (including shortness of breath, chest tightness, chest pain, palpitations or unusual fatigue) contact your health care provider.
  • Individuals with heart or lung disease should follow their health management plan from their health care provider. Asthmatic individuals should follow a prescribed asthma management plan.
  • Avoid outdoor exercise.
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