City of Albuquerque issues health alert until Sunday morning.

Posted at: 06/29/2013 6:52 PM
Updated at: 06/29/2013 10:40 PM
By: Mike Anderson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The City of Albuquerque has issued a health alert due to blowing dust.

The alert starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday and goes until 8 a.m. Sunday.

People with respiratory issues should take note.

The blowing dust in the air can aggravate breathing.

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.

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

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

o Limit your time spent outdoors.

o 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.

o 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.

o Avoid outdoor exercise.