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Dust from Sahara Desert may have peaked, but health concerns may persist all week WIBW-TV graphic

The Saharan dust that started affecting air quality across the state over the weekend may keep causing health issues all week, although the worst may have passed.


Kansas Department of Health and Environment Technical Resources and Projects Unit Supervisor Jayson Prentice says dust travels from the Sahara towards the United States every year, but this year's dust amount is two to three times the norm and hasn't been this thick since 2000.

Prentice says dust from the Sahara causes the same kind of health issues as other dust events.

Prentice likened the health issues to those that develop during the Flint Hills grass burn season in the late winter and early spring months, only on a much larger scale.

KDHE says healthy people should limit or avoid strenuous exercise the next few days to be safe. Also, people with respiratory or heart-related medical issues should remain indoors. If you have chest pain or tightness, shortness of breath or severe fatigue, call your doctor.

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