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Poor air quality affecting people with asthma

By Dave Detling 8:20 AM February 7, 2014

Officials: Airborne particles have reached unhealthy levels

ANCHORAGE – It’s been two days with back-to-back air quality advisories for Anchorage and Eagle River.

“Concentrations of airborne particles have again reached unhealthy levels,” said the Municipal Department of Health and Human Services.

“Right now we’re breathing in a fair amount of dust,” said Matthew Stichick, one of the department’s environmental engineers.

The elevated levels of dust are due dry weather, heavy traffic and vehicles kicking up dirt and sand on roadways and in parking lots, he said. Health officials said people with heart and lung ailments should avoid major traffic areas and those suffering from severe lung disease are advised to stay indoors.

DHHS monitors conditions throughout the Anchorage area using Beta Attention Monitor (BAM) at several locations.

For more information you can call the municipality’s air quality hotline at 907-343-4899.

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