WASHINGTON (AP) _ Hillary Rodham Clinton has announced a campaign to educate parents and communities about how to handle and prevent attacks from asthma, which affects about five million children across the nation.

A new National Ozone Map gives ozone levels and forecasts daily and will be provided to local weather broadcasts and on the Internet by the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Clinton administration also will conduct a pilot program to identify and prevent environmental risks to children in 11 communities. Health care providers, teachers, government officials and business owners will work together to reduce children's health risks.

Cases of asthma among pre-schoolers rose 160 percent from 1980 to 1994, Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala said.

``We know asthma is the most common medical threat to America's children and the problem is getting worse. That is why we are trying to sound the alarm,'' Mrs. Clinton said Thursday.

Asthma is a chronic lung disease that triggers episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, tightness of the chest and coughing. People with asthma spend almost 100 million days of restricted activity each year, and children who suffer from asthma miss about twice as many school days as other children.


The National Ozone Map can be found on the Internet at http://www.epa.gov/airnow.