Respiratory morbidity in hospitalized Bedouins residing near an industrial park

Ella Kordysh, Isabella Karakis, Ilana Belmaker, Hilel Vardi, Arkady Bolotin, Batia Sarov

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The residents' concern about exposure to a chemical industrial park (IP), which includes the national toxic industrial waste site, prompted the authors to initiate this ecological study on the association between residing near the IP and being hospitalized for respiratory ailments in the local Bedouin population. The population was stratified by sex, age, and locality type (permanent settlements and traditional tribal settlements). The distance and wind direction from the IP were used as exposure indicators. Hospitalization data were obtained from the regional medical center. Increased hospitalization rates for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and all respiratory diseases were found to be associated with residential proximity to the IP. Attributable risk for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was 34.2% in male members of the traditional tribal settlements and 49.3% in female members of the permanent settlements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-155
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of Environmental and Occupational Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005


  • Bedouin
  • Ecological study
  • Environmental chemical exposure
  • Respiratory disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Toxicology
  • General Environmental Science
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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