This study aimed to examine the associations between total fungal exposures, both from outdoor and indoor environments, and reporting childhood respiratory symptoms in Taiwan. Twenty-two children, living within 10-km diameter of stationary monitoring sites for ambient fungal spores, were enrolled for household sampling, and asked to keep their health diaries and time-activity patterns everyday for the corresponding week. Results showed that statistically significant association was found between the reporting frequency of sneeze and total exposure of airborne Penicillium/Aspergillus (OR=30.67, 95%CI=2.46-1651.41) after adjusting for the episode of fever, child's age and gender. The significance remained after taking into account the exposure levels of all other indoor pollutants measured, including CO2 (OR=41.76, 95%CI=3.31-2274.04). A significant and steady effect of both outdoor and indoor total fungal exposure was demonstrated on reporting adverse respiratory health in children of Taiwan.
|Publication status||Published - 2008 Dec 1|
|Event||Healthy and Sustainable Buildings Conference, IAQ 2007 - Baltimore, MD, United States|
Duration: 2007 Oct 15 → 2007 Oct 17
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Building and Construction
- Environmental Engineering
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health