Volcanic ash cloud over Europe

Possible health effects of the volcanic ash cloud

The WHO Regional Office for Europe is closely assessing the situation, including the possible health impact, of the Iceland volcanic eruption that began on 14 April 2010. The Office is in close contact with Member States of the WHO European Region, and with partners in the European Union, about preparedness and response measures. WHO believes that the risk to human health is very low, but it advises people to follow the most up-to-date advice from their national health, air quality assessment and meteorological authorities.