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Arch Environ Health. 1996 Jan-Feb;51(1):42-6.

Home dampness and childhood respiratory symptoms in a subtropical climate.

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  • 1Division of Environmental Health, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Republic of China.

Abstract

The association between measures of home dampness and symptoms of respiratory illness was evaluated in 1 340 8- to 12-y-old children in the Taipei area. The following were reported to occur in the homes: self-dampness (i.e., home considered damp by residents), 36.8% of the homes; "classified" dampness (i.e., presence of mold, water damage, or flooding), 72.3%; visible mold, 38.3%; stuffy odor, 33.9%; water damage, 47.8%; and flooding, 15.1%. Moreover, the prevalence of all respiratory symptoms was consistently higher in homes for which the occurrence of molds or dampness was reported. The adjusted odds ratios ranged from 1.37 (95% confidence interval: 1.03-1.83) for allergic rhinitis to 5.74 (95% confidence interval: 2.20-14.95) for cough. In addition, the observed high prevalence of home dampness/mold indicated that dampness in the home was very common in the subtropical region studied, and home dampness was a strong predictor of respiratory symptoms.

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