While there is no hard data yet available, health officials here are seeing an increase in allergy complaints related to the most severe drought in a half-century.
Dust, pollen and contaminants are remaining in the air because so little rain has fallen, said Sarah Able, director of emergency services at Witham Health Services.
The drought is doing more than making it hard for some county residents to breathe.
Residents who depend on wells for their drinking water should reduce their use, said Leslie Stewart, an environmental health specialist with the Boone County Health Department.
See Wednesday's Times Sentinel for the full story.