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Canadian Respiratory Journal - Volume 2016 2016, Article ID 8209485, 6 pages -

Research Article

Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, INSERM, Institut Pierre Louis d’Epidémiologie et de Santé Publique IPLESP UMRS 1136, Epidemiology of Allergic and Respiratory Diseases EPAR Department, Medical School Saint-Antoine, 75012 Paris, France

Department of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Bejaia University, 06000 Bejaia, Algeria

Biological Department, Boumerdes University, 35000 Boumerdes, Algeria

Electrical Engineering Laboratory, Bejaia University, 06000 Bejaia, Algeria

Received 6 March 2016; Revised 8 June 2016; Accepted 28 June 2016

Academic Editor: Alice M. Turner

Copyright © 2016 Fatima Benaissa et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We used Health Impact Assessment HIA to analyze the impact on a given population’s health outcomes in terms of all-causes mortality and respiratory and cardiovascular hospitalizations attributable to short-term exposure to particulate matter less than 10 μm diameter PM10 in Bejaia city, for which health effects of air pollution have never been investigated. Two scenarios of PM10 reduction were considered: first, a scenario where the PM10 annual mean is decreased by 5 µg-m

, and then a scenario where this PM10 mean is decreased to 20 µg-m

World Health Organization annual air quality guideline WHO-AQG. Annual mean level of PM10 81.7 µg-m

was calculated from objective measurements assessed in situ. Each year, about 4 and 55 deaths could be postponed with the first and the second scenarios successfully. Furthermore, decreasing PM10 annual mean by 5 µg-m

would avoid 5 and 3 respiratory and cardiac hospitalizations, respectively, and not exceeding the PM10 WHO-AQG 20 µg-m

would result in a potential gain of 36 and 23 per 100000 respiratory and cardiac hospitalizations, respectively. Lowering in current levels of PM10 has a nonnegligible impact in terms of public health that it is expected to be higher in the case of long-term effects.

Autor: Fatima Benaissa, Cara Nichole Maesano, Rezak Alkama, and Isabella Annesi-Maesano



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