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Victorian Bushfires: Air Quality Warning Issued

The health danger doesn't end with the flames. 

A doctor in rural Victoria is urging people to remember that woodsmoke is "highly toxic" and you should take necessary precautions to avoid inhalation. 

The particles in wood smoke can affect your eyes and respiratory system, potentially causing bronchitis, trigger asthma attacks and in serious cases strokes, irregular heart rhythms and heart failure. 

If you are in a danger area, you should stay indoors and wear a face mask or respirator outside if possible. 

EPA Victoria has issued an air quality warning for the La Trobe Valley, but Melbourne is deemed to be relatively safe.

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