Dust from dairies not likely to pose hazard

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Posted: Monday, December 16, 2013 9:11 am

Anybody who has driven by a dairy on a hot August evening knows there is something in the air. Now, research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates the dust is not harmful.

Studies by the USDA indicate the dust stirred up by wind and restless cattle at dairies does contain bacteria, fungi and small bacterial remnants such as endotoxins. But these potentially problematic particles are not found at high levels far beyond the barnyard.

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