WHO: Volcanic Ash Could Pose Health Risk

Posted on April 17, 2010

Volcanic ash from Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano is causing massive travel disruptions in Europe. The World Health Organization is warning that the ash could also pose a health risk. WHO spokesman Daniel Epstein says, "We're very concerned about it. These particles when inhaled can reach the peripheral regions of ... the lungs and can cause problems - especially for people with asthma or respiratory problems."

MSNBC reports that the WHO's Daniel Epstein also said Europeans going outside might want to consider wearing a mask. There is also an article here on WHO's website that says patients with respiratory conditions are more susceptible to effects of ash.

Here is some footage of the erupting volcano in Iceland, which is spewing ash clouds that are distrupting travel and causing health concerns. Take a look.