Hospitalizations for several common diseases—including septicemia (serious bloodstream infection), fluid and electrolyte disorders, renal failure, urinary tract infections, and skin and tissue infections—have been linked for the first time with short-term exposure to fine particulate air pollution (PM2.5), according to a comprehensive new study led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

In addition, the study found that even small increases in PM2.5 exposure were linked with substantial health care and economic costs.

The study was published online Nov. 27, 2019 in BMJ.

“The study shows that the health dangers and economic impacts of air pollution are significantly larger than previously understood,” said Yaguang Wei, a doctoral candidate at Harvard Chan School and lead author of the study.

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