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Dampness in buildings as a risk factor for health effects, EUROEXPO: a multidisciplinary review of the literature (1998-2000) on dampness and mite exposure in buildings and health effects

Bornehag, CG; Sundell, J; Bonini, S; Custovic, A; Malmberg, P; Skerfving, Staffan LU ; Sigsgaard, T and Verhoeff, A (2004) In Indoor Air 14(4). p.243-257
Abstract
The scientific literature on health effects from dampness in buildings, including mite exposure over the period 1998-2000 has been reviewed by a European group (EUROEXPO) of eight scientists in experience from medicine, epidemiology, toxicology and engineering. Forty studies deemed relevant have been the foundation for the conclusions. Dampness in buildings is a risk factor for health effects among atopics and non-atopics both in domestic and in public environments. However, the literature is not conclusive in respect of causative agents, e.g. mites, microbiological agents and organic chemicals from degraded building materials. There is a strong need for more multidisciplinary studies including expertise from all relevant areas. A general... (More)
The scientific literature on health effects from dampness in buildings, including mite exposure over the period 1998-2000 has been reviewed by a European group (EUROEXPO) of eight scientists in experience from medicine, epidemiology, toxicology and engineering. Forty studies deemed relevant have been the foundation for the conclusions. Dampness in buildings is a risk factor for health effects among atopics and non-atopics both in domestic and in public environments. However, the literature is not conclusive in respect of causative agents, e.g. mites, microbiological agents and organic chemicals from degraded building materials. There is a strong need for more multidisciplinary studies including expertise from all relevant areas. A general conclusion from the work was that there is a strong need for multidisciplinary reviews in scientific journals of articles dealing with associations between indoor environmental factors and health effects. (Less)
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mite exposure, indoor environment, damp buildings, health effects, review
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Indoor Air
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14
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4
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243 - 257
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Wiley-Blackwell
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0905-6947
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10.1111/j.1600-0668.2004.00240.x
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  author       = {Bornehag, CG and Sundell, J and Bonini, S and Custovic, A and Malmberg, P and Skerfving, Staffan and Sigsgaard, T and Verhoeff, A},
  issn         = {0905-6947},
  keyword      = {mite exposure,indoor environment,damp buildings,health effects,review},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4},
  pages        = {243--257},
  publisher    = {Wiley-Blackwell},
  series       = {Indoor Air},
  title        = {Dampness in buildings as a risk factor for health effects, EUROEXPO: a multidisciplinary review of the literature (1998-2000) on dampness and mite exposure in buildings and health effects},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0668.2004.00240.x},
  volume       = {14},
  year         = {2004},
}