Hospi­tal vis­its spike in B.C. as smoky air from wild­fires per­sists

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

VAN­COU­VER — Poor air qual­ity per­sists through­out the south­ern half of Bri­tish Columbia as tin­der-dry con­di­tions con­tinue to fuel wild­fires.

Deputy pro­vin­cial health of­fi­cer Dr. Bon­nie Henry says there has been a re­cent spike in emer­gency calls and hospi­tal vis­its with peo­ple suf­fer­ing from res­pi­ra­tory and other health con­di­tions re­lated to the smoke and heat, par­tic­u­larly in the Lower Main­land.

She says some hospi­tals have seen twice as many vis­its than they nor­mally would and health author­i­ties are re­mind­ing the pub­lic to take pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures such as ex­er­cis­ing in­doors to avoid health prob­lems. En­vi­ron­ment Canada is main­tain­ing an air qual­ity ad­vi­sory that spans from eastern Van­cou­ver Is­land to Elk Val­ley on the Al­berta bor­der and as far north as Prince Ge­orge. Peo­ple with med­i­cal con­di­tions, in­fants and the el­derly are en­cour­aged to stay in­doors, ideally in air con­di­tioned en­vi­ron­ments, keep any nec­es­sary med­i­ca­tions handy and stay hy­drated.

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