KDHE sends out warning ahead of Saharan dust impacting Kansas – WIBW

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – An unusual phenomenon will start impacting parts of Kansas this weekend and has raised some health concerns.

Dust from the Sahara Desert in Africa has lifted into the atmosphere and is blanketing the eastern U.S., and could impact Kansas.

“Dust is picked up by trade winds and carried thousands of miles across the Atlantic and eventually to the U.S.  The particulate matter from this event has the potential to impact Kansas,” said KDHE in a news release.

They say the dust could cause some health problems. Those could include burning eyes, runny nose, coughing and illnesses such as bronchitis. 

Those with respiratory issues, pre-existing heart or lung diseases, children and elderly could experience worse symptoms.

KDHE says you should take these steps:

· people should limit or avoid strenuous outdoor exercise.

· People with respiratory or heart related illness should remain indoors.

· Help keep indoor air clean by closing doors and windows and running the air conditioners with air filters.

· Keep hydrated by drinking lots of water.

· Contact your doctor if you have symptoms such as chest pain, chest tightness, shortness of breath or severe fatigue.

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