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Dust Exposure And Respiratory Health Amongst Children In The Environmental Disaster Zone Of Karakalpakstan, Central Asia: Preliminary Findings Of The ASARD Project

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/EHR010071

Volume

5

Pages

12

Published

2001

Size

1,297 kb

Author(s)

S. L. O'Hara, G. F. S. Wiggs, J. Wegerdt, J. van der Meer, I. Small, D. Falzon and R Hubbard

Abstract

Dust exposure and respiratory health amongst children in the environmental disaster zone of Karakalpakstan, Central Asia: preliminary findings of the ASARD project. S. L. O'Hara', G. F. S. Wiggs^, J. Wegerdr*, J. van der MeerI. Small\ D. Falzoir* and R. Hubbard^ * School of Geography, University of Nottingham, UK. ^Department of Geography, University of Sheffield, UK *MSF-Aral Sea Programme, Uzbekistan. *MSF, Kiev, Ukraine. * Division of Respiratory Health, University of Nottingham, UK. Abstract The drying up of the Aral Sea has been described as the most staggering environmental disasters on the 20* Century. Over the last 40 years over 33,000 knf of the former sea bed have been exposed creating a significant dust source. It is widely believed, but little researched, that increased dust storm activity in the region has had a major impact on health. In this paper we report the preliminary findings of a year long study into the link between dust exposure and respiratory health amongst c

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