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Korean Journal of Preventive Medicine 2001;34(2): 103-108.
Health Effects of Ambient Particulate Pollutants.
Yun Chul Hong, Soo Hun Cho
Department of Occupational Medicine, Inha University College of Medicine.
ABSTRACT
Recently, numerous studies have focused on the health effects of ambient particulate pollutants. Compared to earlier studies that focused on severe air pollution episodes, recent studies are more relevant to understanding the health effects of air pollution at levels common to contemporary cities. We reviewed recent epidemiologic studies that evaluated health effects of particulate air pollution and concluded that respirable particulate air pollution is an important contributing factor to acute mortality and morbidity. We observed increased respiratory and cardiovascular deaths, increased hospital admissions and visits, and decreased lung function. We also observed increased mortality and morbidity in a Korean population. Theses health effects were observed at levels below the current Ambient Air Quality Standard for particulate air pollution.
Key words: Particulate air pollution; Mortality; Morbidity
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