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Air-quality alerts have been issued for southwestern Indiana for Tuesday, Aug. 19 and Wednesday, Aug. 20 for ozone.
Issued by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the alerts are for Perry, Vanderburgh, Posey, Warrick and Greene counties.
Ozone levels are expected to be unhealthy for sensitive groups both days. People with heart or lung disease, older adults and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion when outdoors.
Breathing ozone can trigger a variety of health problems, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency, including chest pain, coughing, throat irritation and congestion. It can worsen bronchitis, emphysema and asthma. Ground-level ozone also can reduce lung function and inflame the linings of the lungs. Repeated exposure may permanently scar lung tissue.
For more information visit the IDEM Smog Watch web site at www.in.gov/apps/idem/smog or call (800) 631-2871.