Interaction between environmental pollutants and respiratory infections.

@article{Ehrlich1980InteractionBE,
  title={Interaction between environmental pollutants and respiratory infections.},
  author={Richard Ehrlich},
  journal={Environmental Health Perspectives},
  year={1980},
  volume={35},
  pages={89 - 100}
}
The major aspects that must be considered in studies of the health effects of environmental pollutants are: the direct damage due to the exposure, the role of pre-existing disease, and effects of the exposure on the response to secondary stresses. In experimental studies at concentrations of air pollutants found in urban environments frank toxicological responses are rarely observed. However, exposure to a secondary stress, i.e. respiratory challenge with infectious bacteria, can exacerbate the… CONTINUE READING
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