Heavy Metal Dust Storms blanket S. Korea

By | April 10, 2006

Heavy 2Stars and Stripes: Annual spring dust storms called “hwangsa” in Korean carry heavy metals, including lead, cadmium, copper and aluminum, from the Gobi Desert in northern China and southern Mongolia. The one- to 10-micron dust particles can aggravate bronchitis and cause pinkeye, sinusitis and ear infections, according to South Korean and U.S. officials. … those wishing to track the problem could do so on real-time English-language charts on the Web sites for the U.S. Army and 18th MEDCOM  www.seoul.amedd.army.mil

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