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Asthma warning over ash cloud

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Asthma sufferers have been urged to keep their medication with them as the latest volcanic ash cloud closes in on Britain.

Experts from the British Lung Foundation said people with lung conditions should take precautions after it was predicted that the cloud from the Grimsvotn volcano in Iceland will hit Britain on Tuesday.
 
They said that the ash cloud could see people suffer with difficulty breathing because of the poor air quality.
 
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.”
 
However it was also predicted that the cloud will not cause as many problems as last year’s eruption from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano.
 
Around 20 countries closed their air space in the wake of the 2010 eruption - with many travellers left stranded in airports and hotels suffering the consequences.
 
University of Iceland geophysicist Pall Einarsson said that the latest ash cloud crisis seems relatively tame when measured against Eyjafjallajokull.
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