Air quality advisory issued for elevated ozone levels

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – An air quality advisory has been issued for several southeastern Wisconsin counties until 11:00 p.m. on Friday.

The counties covered in the advisory include Kenosha, Manitowoc, Milwaukee, Ozaukee, Racine, and Sheboygan.

The advisory is being issued due to elevated levels of ground level ozone, which can happen when pollution from factories and car exhaust reacts with hot temperatures.

The Air Quality Index is currently in or expected to soon be in the orange level, which is considered unhealthy for people with respiratory diseases, such as asthma, older adults, and active adults and children. When an orange advisory for ozone is issued, people in those groups are advised to reschedule or cut back on strenuous outside activities.

People with lung diseases such as asthma and bronchitis should pay attention to shortness of breath or respiratory symptoms like coughing, wheezing and discomfort when taking a breath, and consult with their physician if they have concerns or are experiencing symptoms. Ground level ozone can irritate the respiratory system, reduce lung function, aggravate asthma and chronic lung diseases, and, over time, cause permanent lung damage.

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