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Health Caution issued for the San Joaquin Valley

Strong winds with blowing dust creates health concerns through the San Joaquin Valley

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Dry, gusty winds will cause health problems with blowing dust through the San Joaquin Valley.

The San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District issued a Health Caution through Monday. The biggest problems with blowing dust will likely be seen in San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced counties.

Drought conditions and dry soil are adding to issues with the air quality concern. The air district says unhealthy concentrations of particulate matter 10 (PM10) can cause serious health problems, aggravate lung disease, trigger asthma attacks and bronchitis, and increase risk of respiratory infections.

Dry, northerly winds are the result of a developing weather pattern across the northern part of the state. Winds will start to calm overnight Tuesday.

Until this time, people with heart or lung disease should follow their doctors' advice for dealing with particulate exposure. Older adults and children should also avoid long exposure or heavy exertion if blowing dust is visible.

 For more information, visit www.valleyair.org

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