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ABQ issues health alert for blowing dust

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The city’s Environmental Health Department’s Air Quality Program issued a health alert for those with respiratory conditions from 6 p.m. tonight through 2 a.m. Saturday because high winds that may cause elevated levels of particulate matter.

People who are sensitive to blowing dust, such as those with asthma, chronic bronchitis and other respiratory and heart diseases, are encouraged to limit outdoor activity, the city said in a news release.

Children and older adults may also be affected by particulate pollution. Schools and senior citizen facilities may want to provide indoor activities to minimize exposure to elevated outdoor particulate levels, the city said.

During such events, the following actions are recommended:

— Keep windows and doors closed. If needed for comfort, use air conditioners or heating systems on recycle/recirculation mode.

— Limit 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.