Weather in­dex will link to ill­nesses

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

He­bei prov­ince will link weather fore­casts with health risks to in­form peo­ple who are sen­si­tive to changes in the weather so that they can take pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures, au­thor­i­ties said.

“We are do­ing re­search into the in­flu­ence of me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tions on dis­eases and are set­ting up a data­base of in­for­ma­tion on dis­eases that can be more eas­ily caused due to weather changes,” said Zhang Zhongjie, head of a ser­vice cen­ter at He­bei Pro­vin­cial Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Bureau.

The in­dex will list the pos­si­bil­ity of weather con­di­tions caus­ing var­i­ous ill­nesses such as res­pi­ra­tory dis­eases or skin al­ler­gies.

Ac­cord­ing to Zhang, He­bei has been study­ing the in­flu­ence of air pol­lu­tion on pub­lic health since last year. “Peo­ple are start­ing to pay at­ten­tion to the weather and air, be­cause air pol­lu­tion in re­cent years has greatly af­fected their lives,” he added.

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