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Revista Española de Salud Pública

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AGUINAGA ONTOSO, Inés et al. Short-term impact of air pollution on the mortality. Results of the EMECAM project in the city of Pamplona, 1991-1995. Rev. Esp. Salud Publica [online]. 1999, vol.73, n.2, pp. 253-258. ISSN 1135-5727.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1135-57271999000200015.

BACKGROUND: To assess the short-term impact of air pollution on the daily death rate in the city of Pamplona. METHOD: Ecological study with a population of 212,000 inhabitants. A time series data analysis is conducted by means of multiple linear regression and Poisson regression, with the daily death rate data, air pollution levels for Particles and SO2, weather parameters of average relative humidity and temperature daily and number of cases weekly of flu for the 1991-1995 period. RESULTS: The average number of deaths daily for non-external causes is that of 4.15 deaths, with a range from zero to 13 deaths. The city of Pamplona has a mean annual temperature of 12.7ºC (-2.3C to 31.6ºC) and a relative humidity of 68.5%. In the model, the temperature (with a one-day time lag and a six-day time lag temperature squared) and the humidity (with a one-day time lag) is related to the death rate for all causes. But the death rate for non-external causes is only related in the model with the temperature (one-day time lag, P:0.035) and five-day time lag with temperature squared (p: 0.028). The timely estimates of the relative particle-related risk show that the highest risk of dying stems from respiratory causes with a relative risk of 1.13. However, none of these relationships is statistically significant. In the case of Sulfur Dioxide, the estimates closely near the zero figure, and none of them is significant. CONCLUSIONS: The Temperature has an impact of the death rate for all causes, both external and non-external, and the relative humidity solely has an impact on the death rate for non-external causes. It has not been possible to prove any influence of the daily environmental pollution levels on the daily death rate.

Keywords : Mortality; Air pollution; Time series; Temperature; Humidity; SO2; Fumes; Ecological study.

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