Industrial pollution responsible for Detroit’s rising asthma rates

Industrial pollution responsible for Detroit’s rising asthma rates

Polluters are responsible for the agony and sufferings of many Detroit kids who have to live a compromised quality of life due to various respiratory issues like asthma.

A visit to area hospitals can easily prove that Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other conditions among children in the city are on the rise. According to a recent study of asthma hospitalization, certain Detroit zip codes have 3 to 6 times higher respiratory issues-related admissions than the state as a whole.

The study also found that the highest number of pediatric asthma cases in Michigan has been registered in Wayne County. Many families that are being referred to hospitals for asthma are from Detroit's downriver area, viz. Ecorse and River Rouge, which are infamous for shortage of qualified doctors.

People, particularly kids, are more at asthma risk in Detroit's downriver area because poorer quality of air they breathe. It may be noted here that the area is heavily industrialized. Pollution from the industries is the biggest reason for the growing number of asthma cases.

Exposure to sulfur dioxide (SO2) can have major impacts to human health. It causes aggravation of asthma and other respiratory conditions. The health consequences that local communities are facing have prompted the Michigan Department of Community Health to declare the area the "Epicenter of Asthma" burden.

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