Blowing dust prompts Albuquerque health alert

Posted at: 04/25/2013 4:01 PM
By: KOB.com Staff

The city of Albuquerque's Environmental Health Department's Air Quality Division is issuing a health alert Thursday for those with respiratory conditions due to blowing dust caused by high winds.

The alert went into affect at 3:30 p.m. and will continue until midnight, according to a release from the city.

People who may be senstive to blowing dust, such as those with asthma or chronic bronchitis, are encouraged to stay indoors. Children and older adults may also be affected by the dust.

The city recommends the following for sensitive people:

 

  • 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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