Isle of Man News - POSTED Fri 04-04-2014

Air pollution hits IoM

by Joanne Clague

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Public health officials have issued advice to those at risk from high air pollution levels that have reached the Isle of Man.

Late yesterday afternoon the Government Laboratory recorded 'very high' levels of air pollution. The island has been hit by the same combination of weather conditions and sand from the Sahara desert that is affecting large parts of the UK.

Weather conditions this morning remain murky.

Director of public health, Dr Parameswaran Kishore said: 'The situation regarding the pollution reaching the British Isles from Europe and beyond, due to prevailing weather conditions, is changing all the time.'

He said adults and children with lung problems, adults with heart problems and older people should avoid strenuous physical activity. People with asthma may find they need to use their inhaler more. Those who are otherwise healthy should reduce physical exertion when outdoors if they experience symptoms such as a cough or sore throat.

Dr Kishore said children with asthma should be able to take part in games as usual, although they may need to increase their use of medication. There is no need to stay away from school. Anyone with heart or lung disease whose symptoms get worse suddenly should seek medical help. Similarly, anyone who is asthmatic whose symptoms get worse should increase the frequency of use of their inhaler as advised. If the symptoms are not relieved, they should seek medical help.

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