Canterbury District Health issues health warning since Port Hills fire

Canterbury District Health issues health warning since Port Hills fire

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Christchurch Public Health of the Canterbury District Health Board issued a public health warning from last nights fire located at Port Hills Road, Hillsborough, Christchurch.

The air quality around those areas is reported smokey and there is a potential that there is sensitive groups of people living in the area with heart or lung conditions, pregnant women, young children and elderly. These people may experience symptoms as coughing, shortness of breath or eye, nose and throat irritations.

It is recommended that people affected by the smoke should close windows and doors, and reduce outdoor exercise to a minimum.

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Medical Officer of Health Dr Cheryl Brunton says: “The advice to people experiencing any health issues from the Port Hills fires is to phone their own GP team for #carearoundtheclock 24/7.”

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