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Published December 30, 2013, 10:10 PM

Department of Health Issues Health Advisory for People With Respiratory Conditions in Response to Fire Near Casselton

BISMARCK, N.D. –Due to the crude oil fire burning from a train derailment located west of Casselton, N.D., the potential for air pollution exists.

By: WDAY Staff Reports , WDAY

BISMARCK, N.D. –Due to the crude oil fire burning from a train derailment located west of Casselton, N.D., the potential for air pollution exists.

The Health Department’s primary concern at this time is particulate matter contained in the smoke generated from the fire. Residents or people impacted by the smoke plume may be exposed to high levels of particulate matter. Exposure to burning crude oil may harm the passages of the nose, airways and lungs. It may cause shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, coughing, itching, red or watery eyes, and black mucous.

The North Dakota Department of Health is issuing the following health advisory for people who have respiratory conditions:

• People who have respiratory conditions – such as asthma, emphysema or bronchitis – should stay inside (except for purposes of evacuating), close their windows, and minimize activity outdoors.

• People who are experiencing symptoms of respiratory distress should seek medical care immediately.

• Anyone who is concerned about the smoke may choose to stay indoors as well.

Residents of Casselton and surrounding areas should continue to monitor local news for future advisories from the Department of Health.

For more information, contact Dave Glatt, North Dakota Department of Health, at 701.328.5150.

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