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Advice As Ash Cloud Remains Over The UK PDF Print Email

In light of the news that ash has started to reach ground level in the UK, the British Lung Foundation is advising people with a lung condition in affected areas to carry their medication as a precaution as they may experience short-term worsening of symptoms. However the British Lung Foundation stresses that the ash does not pose a significant health risk to the public.

The eruption which took place in Iceland on Wednesday is the second in the Eyjafjallajoekull area in one month. Several earthquakes have been registered in the area and geologists have said the eruption is likely to be taking place directly under a huge ice sheet.

Professor Malcolm Green, British Lung Foundation spokesperson says: “In light of the latest news that ash from the volcanic eruption in Iceland has started to reach ground level in the UK, we would advise people living with a lung condition in affected areas to carry their medication as a precaution as they may experience a short term worsening of symptoms. The British Lung Foundation’s Helpline can also provide advice to anyone concerned about the ash cloud on 08458 50 50 20.”
The eruption has caused travel chaos for many, with flights being grounded and every airport in the country being closed for the first time ever.

For the latest news and advice, please go to Health Protection Agency

Key Facts

1.The British Lung Foundation is the only UK charity working for everyone affected by lung disease. The charity focuses its resources on providing support for people affected by lung disease today; and works in a variety of ways (including funding world-class research) to bring about positive change, to improve treatment, care and support for people affected by lung disease in the future.

2.It provides information via the website www.lunguk.org and telephone helpline 08458 50 50 20

3.One person in every seven in the UK is affected by lung disease – this equates to approximately 8 million people

4.Respiratory disease is the second biggest killer in the UK (117,456 deaths in 2004) after all non-respiratory cancers combined which only account for slightly more deaths (122,500 deaths in UK in 2004)

5.Respiratory disease now kills one in five people in the UK

6.The UK’s death rate from respiratory disease is almost double the European average and the 6th highest in Europe

7.Respiratory disease is the most commonly reported long term illness in children and the third most commonly reported in adults. One in 7 boys and 1 in 8 girls aged 2 – 15 report having long term respiratory illness in England