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Dust storm alert

Local residents throughout the Bega Valley and surrounding areas should be aware of health risks of dust storms.

Dust can aggravate existing heart and lung conditions, as well as causing symptoms like itchy or burning eyes, persistent cough, throat irritation and runny nose.

Director of Public Health, Mrs Tracey Oakman said symptoms can occur for several days after dust is inhaled, so people with chronic conditions need to be vigilant with their treatment programs.

“It is important for people with asthma or a lung condition to follow their Asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Action Plan and have their relieving medication with them.”

“If there is a lot of dust outside, people should avoid outdoor physical activity, stay indoors as much as you can, preferably in air-conditioned premises.

In case of emergency always remember to dial triple zero. For more information, visit the NSW Health air quality web page at

Last updated: 29 October 2019