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Report: Asthma Rates On The Rise In Indiana

The entire state of Indiana is now in compliance with federal air quality standards when it comes to ground-level ozone, but child asthma rates in the state are on the rise, according to a new report from the state Department of Health.

The report, which details the environmental health status for Hoosier children, asthma is now the third-leading cause of hospitalization for children through the age of 17.

And though Indiana’s outdoor air quality has improved, Department of Health spokesperson Amy Reel says that hasn’t helped make a dent in the state’s child asthma rates.

“Part of that is due to, that children spend an estimated 80 to 90 percent of their time indoors: in home, in school or in child care settings," she says.

Reel says that is why the state is shining a spotlight on the importance of clean indoor air, cautioning parents against the dangers of airborne pollutants.

Reel says other dangers include mold, carbon monoxide and the common – smoke from cigarettes

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