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Air quality advisory issued in Edmonton


May 20, 2016
By The Canadian Press

May 20, 2016, Edmonton - Smoke from wildfires near Fort McMurray is causing poor air quality and reduced visibility in the Edmonton area. Environment Canada and Alberta Health Services issued an air quality advisory Thursday afternoon for the capital city and surrounding area, including south to Leduc and Beaumont, north to Morinville, west to Wabamun and east to Sherwood Park.

The statement says people may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath.

Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk.

People with lung diseases, such as asthma and COPD, can be particularly sensitive to air pollution and will experience more serious health effects at lower levels.

Alberta Health had lifted the air quality advisory just as the smoke came in.