Doctor attributes rise in asthma to air pollution

The China Post
Date; December 7, 2015

TAIPEI — The prevalence of asthma induced by allergies in Taiwanese children has roughly doubled over the past 20 years, with air pollution the main culprit, pediatrician Chien Hsiao-yun said Sunday.

The affliction, which now affects one of every five children in Taiwan, has grown more prevalent because of a rise in fine particulate matter smaller than 2.5 micrometers (PM2.5), Chien said.

Taiwan has suffered from serious air pollution over the past two months, with levels of PM2.5 recorded at air quality monitoring stations in central and southern parts of the country having reached hazardous levels several times during that period.

At a press conference Sunday, health care and environmental protection groups concerned about the issue urged the government and presidential candidates from various political parties to come up with policies to improve air quality and offer solutions to the problem.     [FULL  STORY]

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