Toxic Smog Set to Hit the UK Triggering Asthma Attacks and Heart Problems

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Health officials warned that air pollution could trigger deadly asthma attacks and heart problems especially in vulnerable people like the elderly and children. Experts said the levels will be high enough to cause sore throats and itchy eyes in otherwise healthy people.

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The Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) warned parts of the north will be the worst hit and to take precaution and wear a face mask, or stay indoors.

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Air pollution levels are expected to remain raised until the weekend because of the air being dragged in from Europe, particularly northern France.

CANARY WARF IN THE EARLY MORNING SUN TODAY. PICTURE JEREMY SELWYN 03/04/2014

Air pollution levels are predicted to reach a ‘high’ level-9 out of a maximum of 10 levels, in Doncaster tomorrow while moderate to high forecasts are in place elsewhere.

The main risk is from ‘particulate matter’ – small particles and chemicals thrown into the air from motor vehicles and fires.

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A similar spike in pollution last spring led to emergency services reporting a rise in call outs to patients with respiratory issues.

 

Photos courtesy of Google.com 

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