Journal article

Respiratory and atopic conditions in children two to four years after the 2014 Hazelwood coalmine fire

Gabriela A Willis, Kate Chappell, Stephanie Williams, Shannon M Melody, Amanda Wheeler, Marita Dalton, Shyamali C Dharmage, Graeme R Zosky, Fay H Johnston

Medical Journal of Australia | WILEY | Published : 2020

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate associations between exposure during early life to mine fire smoke and parent-reported indicators of respiratory and atopic illness 2-4 years later. DESIGN, SETTING: The Hazelwood coalmine fire exposed a regional Australian community to markedly increased air pollution during February - March 2014. During June 2016 - October 2018 we conducted a prospective cohort study of children from the Latrobe Valley. PARTICIPANTS: Seventy-nine children exposed to smoke in utero, 81 exposed during early childhood (0-2 years of age), and 129 children conceived after the fire (ie, unexposed). EXPOSURE: Individualised mean daily and peak 24-hour fire-attributable fine particulate matt..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This investigation was funded by the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. The article presents our views, not those of the department. Our work was also supported by the Commonwealth Specialist Training Program and the Australian National University Master of Applied Epidemiology program.