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Air particulate pollution due to bushfires and respiratory hospital admissions in Brisbane, Australia

Chen, Linping, Verrall, Kenneth, & Tong, Shilu (2006) Air particulate pollution due to bushfires and respiratory hospital admissions in Brisbane, Australia. International Journal of Environmental Health Research, 16(3), pp. 181-191.

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Abstract

To examine the impact of bushfire smoke on hospital admission rates for respiratory disease, a time series study was conducted in Brisbane, Australia. Data on particles of 10 microns or less in aerodynamic diameter (PM10) per cubic metre, bushfire events, meteorological conditions, and daily respiratory hospital admissions were obtained for the period of 1 July 1997 to 31 December 2000. A generalized linear model with the negative binomial distribution was used to estimate the effects of bushfire smoke on respiratory hospital admissions. The results of this study show that daily respiratory hospital admission rates consistently increased with increasing levels of PM10 for both bushfire and nonbushfire periods. This relationship appeared stronger during bushfire periods than non-bushfire periods, especially for the current day. The findings suggest that bushfire smoke was statistically significantly associated with an increased risk of respiratory hospital admissions in Brisbane (p50.05). The health impact assessment needs to be considered in the control and management of bushfires.

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ID Code: 20184
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Air pollution, bushfire, particulate matter, respiratory hospital admissions, time series study
DOI: 10.1080/09603120600641334
ISSN: 0960-3123
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 28 Apr 2009 15:41
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:23

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