Dampness in buildings as a risk factor for health effects. European multidisciplinary review of the entire literature (EUROEXPO)

Carl-Gustaf Bornehag, Jan Sundell

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Abstract

The scientific literature on health effects associated with "dampness" in buildings including literature between 1998 and 2000 has been reviewed by a European group (EUROEXPO). The group consisted of scientists with experience from medicine, epidemiology, toxicology and engineering. Of the 104 reviewed articles 52 were excluded as they were judged as background papers or "non-informative" or "inconclusive" or the study did not present data on exposure, health effects or analysis of the association between exposure and health. The review group concluded that "dampness" in buildings is a risk factor for health effects such as cough, wheeze, asthma, general symptoms and airway infections among atopics and non-atopics, both in domestic and public environments. However, the literature is inconclusive in respect of causative agents in such buildings. Suggested causative agents are mites, microbiological agents and organic chemicals from degraded building materials.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Indoor Air 2002
Publication date2002
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Event9th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate - Monterey, CA, United States
Duration: 30 Jun 20025 Jul 2002
Conference number: 9
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Conference

Conference9th International Conference on Indoor Air Quality and Climate
Number9
CountryUnited States
CityMonterey, CA
Period30/06/200205/07/2002
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