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26 Apr 2010 Data Shows Volcano Having No Significant Health Impact in Scotland

Data gathered so far from existing health surveillance systems indicates that the volcanic plume from the currently erupting Icelandic volcano has not had a significant impact on public health in Scotland.

Dr Colin Ramsay, Consultant Epidemiologist at Health Protection Scotland (HPS), said: "Over the past few weeks HPS has been working in close partnership with the Met Office and health protection colleagues in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to ensure that the public has been kept fully informed on the potential health risks posed by the volcanic ash. Based on the data available so far, we have no evidence to suggest that the eruption has caused any significant health effects in Scotland.”

Health Protection Scotland, the Health Protection Agency, Public Health Wales, Public Health Agency in Northern Ireland and the Met Office will continue to monitor the situation and issue any further advice or updates as necessary.