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Ash cloud warning for lung patients

24th May 2011

The danger of people with lung problems being affected by the ash cloud is "not an immediate problem" according to experts.


The International Volcanic Health Hazard Network said it did not expect very much ash to fall on the UK.

However, doctors said it might be a good idea for those people with breathing issues to carry their inhalers as a precautionary measure.

Scientists think the eruption of the Gromsvotn volcano will not prove as much of a disruption as last year, when the Eyjafjallajokull volcano erupted.

They believe that the ash particles thrown out in this eruption will be far larger and, as a result, will fall to earth faster.

However, experts said people with conditions such as asthma should still take care.

Dr Keith Prowse, of the British Lung Foundation, said: "In light of the latest news that ash from the volcanic eruption in Iceland could reach the UK by Tuesday, we would advise people living with a lung condition in affected areas to carry their medication as a precaution."Erica Evans, of Asthma UK, said: "We know that volcanic ash can trigger asthma symptoms like coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath. However, as the ash is very high in the atmosphere it does not pose an immediate problem. Asthma UK advises people with asthma to monitor the news to see whether the ash cloud moves closer to the UK."


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Article Information

Title: Ash cloud warning for lung patients
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 18568
Date Added: 24th May 2011


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