Pollution worse than first thought in Wigan

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AIR pollution levels have hit Wigan far worse than forecasters first thought prompting health chiefs to issue fresh warnings.

Defra issued advice after high pollution levels were recorded on Tuesday, but by Thursday the pollution - a mix of local and European emissions and dust from the Sahara - was recorded in much higher

levels than expected.

Professor Kate Ardern, director for public health at Wigan Council, said: “People with asthma and other respiratory conditions should be aware they may feel short of breath and need to use their inhalers

more frequently. It’s best they reduce their physical exertion over the coming days particularly any strenuous activity outdoors. That’s also the case for people with lung or heart disease.”

Dr Sotiris Vardoulakis, head of the air pollution and climate change group at PHE’s Centre for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental hazards, said: “Public Health England provides advice to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) on the health effects of air pollution.

“Whilst most people will not be affected by short term peaks in air pollution, some individuals, particularly vulnerable groups such as those with existing heart or lung conditions, may experience increased symptoms.

“On occasions where levels are high, adults and children with lung problems, and adults with heart problems, should reduce strenuous physical exertion, particularly outdoors, and particularly if they experience symptoms. People with asthma may find they need to use their reliever inhaler more often. Older people should also reduce physical exertion.

“Anyone experiencing discomfort such as sore eyes, cough or sore throat should consider reducing activity, particularly outdoors.”

Up-to-date information on air pollution levels and related health advice for your area can be found at http://uk-air.defra.gov.uk