POTENTIAL IMPACTS of air pollutants ON HUMAN HEALTH
Indoor and outdoor air contaminants are contributing causes of asthma, other respiratory illnesses, and cardiovascular diseases.
Asthma continues to be a problem for Dane County residents:
- The percentage of life time or current asthma prevalence in Dane County is slightly higher than state averages. However, age-adjusted asthma hospitalizations rates for the county are below the state rates.
- Approximately 17% of Dane County students in grades 7-12 were reported in 2012 to have current active asthma.
- Older adults are also at greater risk for experiencing health effects due to poor air quality. Hospitalization data for Dane County shows an increasing trend for older adults to be hospitalized for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which includes bronchitis and asthma.
- Other lung diseases and cancer are related to poor air quality.