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Raised levels of air pollution account for 320 county deaths.

NEARLY 500 deaths in a single year in Leicestershire were due to raised levels of air pollution.

New figures from Public 18 deaths of people over 30 in Leicester (5.7%) in 2017 and one in 19 (4.5%) in Leicestershire may be attributable to fine particulate air pollution.

Odeaths in Leicester and 320 in Leicestershire in 2017.

The figures are modelled based on the assumption that as levels of particulate air pollution go up, so will the number of people dying.

O-tion sets a guideline limit of 10 ug/m3, the amount of particles by cubic metre of air, for annual levels of PM2.5, which include fine particles of dust, dirt, soot, and smoke, often due to road vehicles.

Ohas a target limit of 25 ug/m3 to be achieved by next year.

Each increase by 10 ug/m3 in levels of PM2.5 is assumed to increase death rates by 6%.

Long-term exposure to particulate air pollution increases the risk of death, particularly from cardiovascular causes, while short-term exposure to high concentrations can exacerbate lung and heart conditions.

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Publication:Loughborough Echo (Loughborough, England)
Date:Feb 20, 2019
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