Cooking smoke can increase the risk of tuberculosis

Cooking smoke can increase the risk of tuberculosis
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Vinod K Mishra, Robert D Retherford, Kirk R Smith
In developing countries, air pollution tends to be highest indoors, where the burning of biomass fuels such as wood, animal dung, crop residues, and grasses produces noxious components, including respirable suspended particulates, carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, formaldehyde, and polyaromatic hydrocarbons such as benzo(a)pyrene. (1)

According to India's 1992-93 National Family Health Survey (NFHS), about three-quarters of households use unprocessed biomass as their primary fuel for cooking food. Cooking areas in many Indian households tend to be poorly ventilated, and about one-half of all households do not have a separate kitchen. Under these conditions, household members, especially women, tend to have high levels of exposure to cooking smoke. In developing countries such as India, daily air pollution exposures from cooking with biomass typically exceed relevant health-based guidelines by factors of 20 or more (2)...
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Biomasse pour la cuisson domestique et prevalence de la Tuberculose en Inde
Abstract in French
Les effets de la biomasse énergie sur la prévalence de la tuberculose active en Inde ont été estimés à travers une série de facteurs convergents. Les résultats en Inde montrent que les personnes utilisant la biomasse pour la cuisson ont un taux de prévalence à la tuberculose active nettement plus élevé que les personnes utilisant des combustibles plus propres.

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