(Atlanta, GA) -- Recent Canadian wildfire smoke is blamed for a major jump in asthma-related trips to the emergency room.
The CDC says researchers found that ER visits were 17-percent higher than usual in areas where wildfire smoke enveloped the region triggering air quality alerts between April and August.
That included Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia as well as Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.
But New York and New Jersey had the highest proportion of emergency room visits.
On June 7th alone in New York State there was an 82-percent jump in asthma-related trips to the ER.