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DOH-ST. JOHNS COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT REMINDS ALL OF HEALTH RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH WILDFIRE SMOKE

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SAINT AUGUSTINE, FL — Due to recent events, the Florida Department of Health in St. Johns County cautions everyone about the health effects of wildfire smoke as a respiratory irritant, which can cause scratchy throat, coughing, headaches or irritated eyes and nose. Smoke can also worsen asthma, and other chronic lung or heart conditions. Dust generated from increased wildfire response activity on dirt roads may also worsen these conditions.