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Dust aggravates, attacks lungs, immune systems

Date Posted: 2006-05-05

A yellow sand is often in the air, causing breathing irritations to many people.

The flying pollution is sand carried on strong wind currents from China’s vast deserts, across South Korea and down to Okinawa. A doctor says the yellow sand gets inside peoples’ lungs, causing aggravation and sickness. He says the sand is worse for people who have allergies.

Asthma patients are particularly susceptible to the yellow sand, which affects the respiratory system. Doctors from Oita Prefecture’s Environmental Laboratory say they have proof of the sand’s dangers. They tell asthma patients to use masks, and avoid going outside when the sand is in the air.

Okinawa Prefecture Health Center says “don’t hang clothes outside to dry, but let them dry inside instead.” Officials encourage people to wash carefully, with emphasis on cleaning around the eyes.

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