Report on health assessment of Icelandic ash released
(30 September 2010)
A new study led by Claire Horwell has concluded that the ash from the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull earlier this year does not have the potential to cause long-term respiratory health problems for Icelanders.
It was discovered that ash from volcano summit eruptions in April and May this year had a low-moderate potential to exacerbate pre-existing respiratory diseases such as asthma or chronic bronchitis during the period of ash fall. The potential for the development of long-term lung problems from the exposure to the ash during the eruption or afterwards from resuspension of the ash deposits was low.
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