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Health threats of California's wildfires: How smoke, concrete dust and toxic fungus could pose long-term risks

As those affected by the California wildfires struggle to cope with the loss of their homes, communities, and sometimes loved-ones, fears are brewing about the long-term health impacts of the devastating natural disaster.  The death toll has hit 50, prompting Alex Azar, Health and Human Services Secretary, to declare a public health emergency.  Tragically, his department warned, the threat is multi-faceted.  Smoke, pulverized dust, burned fuel, fungal spores and more could pose severe public health risks for people in the area.   Read more...



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