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In July 1995 the volcano on the West Indian island of Montserrat erupted after being inactive for several hundred years. Since then, clouds of ash have been released intermittently from the
volcano. Some of this ash is <10 m in diameter and therefore respirable. Concerns were raised that the particles might cause respiratory problems. Volcanic ash emissions adversely affected the respiratory health of Montserrat children. The findings in this document emphasize the need to limit exposures of children to volcanic ash and ensure the appropriate management of respiratory symptoms.

pdf Volcanic ash and respiratory symptoms in children on the island of Montserrat, British West Indies

L Forbes, D Jarvis, J Potts and P J Baxter.