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TULSA, OK -- The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality has declared an Ozone Alert for the Tulsa area for Thursday. 

DEQ officials say monitors have detected air quality that may be harmful to groups who are sensitive to the effects of ozone.

Persons with lung or heart disease should be aware that increased pollution may cause them to experience adverse health effects. Symptoms include chest pain, coughing, sneezing, nausea, headache and pulmonary congestion.

City officials say Tulsa motorists can help by carpooling, taking the bus, or waiting to fuel their vehicles after sundown. In addition, children, adults and especially people with respiratory disease such as asthma should limit prolonged outdoor activities.