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Fact Sheet

Flood waters and the dirt they carry may pose special problems for the thousands of people with existing lung disease. ?Standing water remaining from any flood is a breeding ground for micro-organisms, which can become airborne and be inhaled, putting people at risk for lung disease. ?Even when the flooding is due to a fairly clean source, such as rain water, the growth of these micro-organisms can cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals.

(Updated 01/18/98)

When You Can't Breathe, Nothing Else Matters ?
The mission of the American Lung Association of Los Angeles County
is to prevent and eliminate lung disease
and to improve the quality of life and health of those with lung disease.
Your contributions to Christmas Seals? and Chanukah Seals? help make the difference.

For more information on lung health, programs, and special events,
call ? ? (or ? ; ? ; ?1-800-LUNG-USA), ? or send us email.
? 1999 American Lung Association of Los Angeles County

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