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 Vol 29: Impact of outdoor air pollution on the incidence of tuberculosis in the Seoul metropolitan area, South Korea.


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This article is from The Korean Journal of Internal Medicine, volume 29.AbstractBackground-Aims: Although indoor air pollution is a well-known risk factor for tuberculosis TB, the possible link between outdoor air pollution and TB development has not been examined fully. We assessed the impact of outdoor air pollution on TB development in the Seoul metropolitan area, South Korea. Methods: The mean concentrations of ambient particulate matter PM with an aerodynamic diameter ≤ 10 µm PM10, O3, CO, NO2, and SO2 levels in Seoul, between January 1, 1997 and December 31, 2006, were determined. Furthermore, their association with the risk of developing TB after adjusting for socioeconomic status, between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2006, was investigated. Results: Between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2006, a total of 41,185 TB cases were reported in Seoul. Concentrations of PM10, O3, CO, and NO2 were not associated with TB incidence in males or females. However, the interquartile increase in SO2 concentration was associated with a 7% increment in TB incidence relative risk RR, 1.07; 95% credible interval CrI, 1.03 to 1.12 in males but not in females RR, 1.02; 95% CrI, 0.98 to 1.07. Conclusions: Long-term exposure to ambient SO2 increased the risk of TB in males.



Author: Hwang, Seung-sik; Kang, Sungchan; Lee, Ji-Young; Lee, Ji Sun; Kim, Hee Jin; Han, Sung Koo; Yim, Jae-Joon

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