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12 August 2011 12:45
Asthma sufferers have been warned about swamp fires in southeastern Virginia
A series of swamp fires in southeastern Virginia have prompted warnings to people with respiratory illnesses such as asthma to avoid going outdoors.
Britons visiting to the US state on business or holiday should take precautions, including securing good
medical travel insurance cover, if they have asthma or related problems.
The Lateral West Fire has been raging in the Great Dismal Swamp for days and fire crews have been trying to contain it.
Despite their continued efforts the blaze has spread to 2,500 acres spurred on by winds, high temperatures and low humidity.
Dense black smoke has been streaming out of the marshland, which is a designated wildlife refuge.
Communities living in the area have been told the bad air could aggravate the condition of people with respiratory ailments. Asthma sufferers have been advised to stay indoors.
18 January 2017
Researchers at Cambridge University may have made a breakthrough in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, according to preliminary findings.
17 January 2017
Stansted Airport has made a bid to become Britain's next hub for long-haul travel, as passengers are promised seamless connection facilities and baggage transfer.
13 January 2017
Long-term goals such as travelling more and visiting new places have come above healthy eating and changing jobs in a list of the top New Year's resolutions.
14 January 2017
Some of the biggest airports in the UK have been forced to cancel flights as snow and blizzard conditions sweep parts of the country.
Stress could be as significant a risk factor for heart attacks and strokes as smoking, drinking and overeating, new research shows.
24 December 2016
Planned strikes by British Airways cabin crew on Christmas Day and Boxing Day have been suspended amid continuing industrial unrest ahead of the weekend break.
11 January 2017
A connection between diabetes and inflection in children could be a major breakthrough in developing a cure for type 1 diabetes, according to new research.
10 January 2017
A new trial aimed at tackling widespread loneliness among older people is successfully reducing isolation using community-based tactics, a report shows.
07 January 2017
People may be able to enjoy better brain health in later life by following a Mediterranean diet, research has suggested.
06 January 2017
Many Britons plan to cut down on the costs of their holidays in 2017, as part of their financial resolutions for the New Year.
05 January 2017
Holidaymakers have been encouraged to make the most of the fact 2017 boasts a pair of bank holiday weekends just two weeks apart.
04 January 2017
Holidaymakers are increasingly turning their attentions to trips which are all-inclusive, new research has suggested.