Brooklyn News Review

Smoke from Canadian wildfires sent more asthma sufferers to the emergency room

The Statue of Liberty is seen June 7 through a haze-filled sky from the Staten Island Ferry in New York. The smoke from Canadian wildfires that drifted into the U.S. led to a spike in people with asthma visiting emergency rooms — particularly in the New York area.

Centers for Disease Control studies increased asthma-related ER visits by 17% nationwide during 19 of the smokiest days. On the worst air quality day in New York state, those visits spiked 82%.

(Image credit: Yuki Iwamura/AP)