We examined the relationship between particulate matter (PM) <10 and <2.5 microns in diameter (PM 10 and PM 2.5) generated by vegetation fires and daily health outcomes in 251 adults and children with asthma over a 7-month period. Data were analysed using generalized estimating equations adjusted for potential environmental confounders, autocorrelation, weekends and holidays. PM 10 ranged from 2.6 - 43.3 ?g m -3and was significantly associated with onset of asthma symptoms, commencing oral steroid medication, the mean daily symptom count and the mean daily dose of reliever medication. Similar results were found for PM 2.5. No associations were found with the more severe outcomes of asthma attacks, increased health care attendances or missed school/work days. These results help fill a gap in the evidence about the population health impacts of lower levels of pollution characteristic of deliberate landscape burning to control fuel loads versus the better documented risks of more intense and severely polluting wildfires. � 2006 Taylor & Francis.
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||International Journal of Environmental Health Research|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|