The pollution choking most Indian cities and causing premature deaths due to pulmonary and cardiac diseases can be hazardous in yet another way. Air pollution makes a person more susceptible to tuberculosis and public health experts say that high levels of microscopic particulate matter is probably adding to the large number of cases of TB in the country.
India already has a quarter of the world’s disease burden of tuberculosis. An estimated 3.8 million Indians are thought to suffer from the condition.
TB has been documented to have a high incidence among workers in particulate dust-generating occupations such as coal mining, gold mining, and stone. But now doctors day that exposure to air pollution reduces immunity to disease. Air is deemed to be polluted when it contains high levels of particulate matter smaller than 10 microns and 2.5 microns. Read more
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