Using real-time syndromic surveillance systems to help explore the acute impact of the air pollution incident of March/April 2014 in England

Gillian Smith*, Zharain Bawa, Yolande Macklin, Roger Morbey, Alec Dobney, Sotiris Vardoulakis, Alex Elliot

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Abstract

During March and early April 2014 there was widespread poor air quality across the United Kingdom. Public Health England used existing syndromic surveillance systems to monitor community health during the period. Short lived statistically significant rises in a variety of respiratory conditions, including asthma and wheeze, were detected. This incident has demonstrated the value of real-time syndromic surveillance systems, during an air pollution episode, for helping to explore the impact of poor air quality on community health in real-time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)500-504
Number of pages5
JournalEnvironmental Research
Volume136
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors and was undertaken as part of the national surveillance function of Public Health England.

Keywords

  • Air quality
  • Asthma
  • Public health
  • Syndromic surveillance
  • Wheeze

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