Long Beach complains of post-storm 'Sandy cough'

Long Beach was hit hard by Sandy in October.

Long Beach was hit hard by Sandy in October. (1/11/13)

LONG BEACH - Long Beach residents say Superstorm Sandy is taking a toll on their health.

Residents believe dust and mold left behind is having an adverse effect on their health. They say the symptoms go away when they leave town for a few days.

Long Beach-based pulmonologist Dr. Paul Schulster says he's seen a drastic uptick in the number of patients coming to see him. He says many were stabilized asthmatics who have been wheezing, coughing and acutely ill since the storm. He, too, blames it on Sandy debris.

But Long Beach officials say the air and sand have been tested and deemed safe.

City and Nassau Department of Health officials say they're not aware of the issue and haven't received any complaints.

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