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Respiratory effects in the aftermath of a major fire in a chemical waste depot.

By F. Greven, H.A.M. Kerstjens, F. Duijm, P. Eppinga, G. de Meer and D.J.J. Heederik


OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate respiratory effects among emergency services first responders and residents with exposure to combustion products in the aftermath of a chemical waste depot fire. METHODS: The study population comprised 138 individuals who were present in the area downwind of an accidental fire. Identified by telephone interview six years later, subjects with persistent respiratory symptoms were suspected as having Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome (RADS). Medical tests were performed. For bronchial responsiveness, a cut-off point of PD (20

Year: 2009
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