KDHE issues warning before Sahara dust affects Kansas

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

Dust from the Sahara desert in Africa has risen to the atmosphere and is covering the eastern US and could affect Kansas.

“The dust is picked up by the trade winds and transported thousands of miles across the Atlantic and eventually to the United States. The particulate matter from this event has the potential to impact Kansas,” KDHE said in a press release.

They say the powder could cause some health problems. These can include burning eyes, runny nose, cough, and conditions like bronchitis.

Those with respiratory problems, pre-existing heart or lung disease, children and the elderly may experience worse symptoms.

KDHE says you should follow these steps:

· Healthy people should limit or avoid strenuous exercise outdoors.

· People with respiratory or heart disease should stay indoors.

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

· Stay hydrated by drinking plenty 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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