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Saharan dust and haze contaminate the air in Yucatan

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The presence of Sahara Dust and haze caused by forest fires could cause respiratory problems among Yucatecans

Yucatecans are warned to avoid doing outdoor activities due to an atypical cloud of dust from the Sahara and haze from fires in the south of the State.

The Monitoring Unit of the Autonomous University of Yucatán, headed by teacher and researcher Daniel Rosas Sánchez, indicated that this contamination could cause respiratory problems, especially in people who suffer from asthma, allergies, or airway problems.

Rosas Sánchez indicated that, in the last five days, a faint layer has been seen over the sky of Mérida, although this phenomenon has spread throughout the Peninsula.

This situation is the result of a combination of two factors: the premature arrival of a dust cloud from the Sahara since this usually occurs between July and August, and the emissions of carbon particles from fires in the South of the Entity, which is contributing to air pollution in the region.

Although it has not yet been confirmed whether the haze is caused by forest fires or the burning of grasslands, the teacher warned that this pollution can have serious health consequences, including asthma attacks, severe allergies, persistent cough and eye irritation.

He emphasized that these currents carry a variety of particles, including minerals, bacteria, and fungi, which can irritate the airways and cause inflammation in the lungs.

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