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Impact of haze from forest fire to respiratory health: Indonesian experience

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  • Presented at the 4th APSR Workshop. This Workshop was held at the 39th Annual Meeting of Japan Respiratory Society, Yokohama City, March, 1999.

Correspondence: TjandraYoga Aditama, Pulmonology Department, Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia, Persahabatan General Hospital, Jakarta, Indonesia

Objective:

This paper will describe the impact on the human lung of haze from forest fires in Indonesia based on data collected from different provinces.

Methodology: Data were collected from personal reports from pulmonologists working in the area as well as from province/district health offices and hospitals.

Results: These data show that there was a significant impact of haze to the human lung. There was a significant increase in respiratory conditions, lung function complaints and other related impacts.

Conclusion: Further studies, especially cohort studies, should be undertaken so that the long-term impact of pollution from forest fires can be known.

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