Wildfire smoke in Southern Oregon is leading to unhealthy air quality readings in many areas across the state, including Medford, Jacksonville and the Applegate Valley. Southern Oregon University is closely monitoring environmental conditions.

Watch for symptoms:
Wildfire smoke can make asthma symptoms worse. It can trigger asthma attacks. Symptoms of asthma include coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing and chest tightness. Even people without known asthma can have symptoms when exposed to unhealthy levels of wildfire smoke pollution. Personnel with asthma should follow their Asthma Action Plan. This will help them decide if they need to take special precautions while engaging in outdoor activities. Athletes with asthma should have rescue inhalers readily available. Use should be as directed by their health care provider.

Anyone experiencing symptoms should contact a health care provider. Call 911 in an emergency.

See the latest Oregon School Activities Association - Air Quality Index Memo at:
http://www.osaa.org/docs/health-safety/AirQualityIndexMemo.pdf

For more information on how wildfire can affect your health, see the Oregon Public Health website:
http://www.oregon.gov/oha/ph/Preparedness/Prepare/Pages/index.aspx

Consult with your local health authority if you have questions about air pollution and health.