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Exposure to air pollution has long been a public health issue for people in South San Luis Obispo County.
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The more people are exposed to poor air quality on the Mesa, the sicker they become over time — dealing with allergy symptoms, breathing issues and, for some, even lung disease.
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Air pollution from blowing dust on the Nipomo Mesa is hitting people of color and low-income folks especially hard.
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Public health officials have known for years that air quality year-round is often poor on the Nipomo Mesa in South San Luis Obispo County. It can cause severe health issues for people in the area — especially people of color and those with low incomes.
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Just 48 people have signed up across California and Arizona for a new clinical trial of Fluconazole, an antifungal drug used to treat valley fever. That's far fewer than officials had expected.

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