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Over 50% in Chiang Mai suffer from respiratory disease
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    Over 50% in Chiang Mai suffer from respiratory disease

    Medical specialist issues pollution warning

    Over 50% in Chiang Mai suffer from respiratory disease

    Dr. Chaichan Photirat, a specialist in allergy and respiratory diseases based at Chiang Mai Hospital, announced recently that data from a lung health check program carried out amongst residents in Chiang Mai in 2002 showed that 30% of the population was suffering from respiratory disease. In 2005 numbers had risen to 42%, in the following years to 50%, and are still rising He attributes the increase to the growth of the city, the resultant increase in vehicle use, the increase in industrial plants and overcrowding, as well as to continuing illegal burning.

    Chaichan stated that, as in all large cities, further growth and expansion inevitably results in a deterioration of air quality, which causes damage to the environment and an increase in pollution and the number of recorded sufferers from respiratory disease. He emphasised that burning of refuse, plastics, agricultural debris and forest areas should cease, and that residents should seek immediate medical help for any kind of respiratory problem.

    The World Health Organisation’s levels of not more than 50 micrograms of dust per cubic metre of air are significantly lower than those, (120 mcg per cubic metre), set in Chiang Mai. For the vast majority of days in March and April, levels in the city were above the WHO’s recommended maximum. Medical experts in the field feel strongly that Chiang Mai’s levels are set too high, and should be significantly reduced.

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    Re: Over 50% in Chiang Mai suffer from respiratory disease

    oh yes. here we go again. would some researcher care to check the same around Bangkok? or is it just me who is perfectly ok in Chiang Mai (off my asthma medicine most of the year) but suffers badly in Bangkok (or Budapest or London for that matter)?
    or is Bangkok the sinking ship, given up already, whereas they are still trying to save Chiang Mai?

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    Re: Over 50% in Chiang Mai suffer from respiratory disease

    Ummm-probably the last one-don't know if they are trying to save Chiang Mai so much as the tourist trade, though.

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    Re: Over 50% in Chiang Mai suffer from respiratory disease

    Khun Don - I don't really know how anyone is expecting to save tourism here by publishing hysterical articles about air pollution every week (nothing personal about you LOL), which make their way to the international media and then we get people asking here at the forum "can you breathe in Chiang Mai" when it is actually those couple of weeks in March only when it is really awful, otherwise pretty normal.

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    Re: Over 50% in Chiang Mai suffer from respiratory disease

    It sure is beautiful now and for the last week, but that hurricane that hit Burma pobly did us some good here too, but I will have double pane [thermo pane] windows in by next spring and I already have Hepa filter air con in 1 bedroom where I can hibernate if it gets to bad. and got 02 bottles and am ready for it.
    But I do not live right in town either and not far from a RimPing market where I can buy anything I need to get by.
    But since my hospital stay in December I am a lot worse than I was and if it gets real bad here it might kill me, but what the hell, I have had a good life anyway.

    I guess I better change my user name to FaranginChiang now Huh?

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    Re: Over 50% in Chiang Mai suffer from respiratory disease

    omg

    Chiang Mai is famous among Thais themselves for having a clean air, I guess that will change in the future.

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    Re: Over 50% in Chiang Mai suffer from respiratory disease

    Might be so, but Thai can't seem to figure that setting everything on fire that will burn is not good for clean air either.
    Go around the villages in the early evenings and see how many of them you see setting brush and leaf piles on fire and even stacking stuff up to burn close to the cow pens.

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    Re: Over 50% in Chiang Mai suffer from respiratory disease

    Personally, I would use an air-purifier and a water-purifier when I live in Thailand. I don't think the air and water quality in the bigger Thai cities is OK. I just found out that there is a university-tested wearable air purifier that might help those of you guys who are already living in BKK or CM. http://www.black-mold.com/minimate-air-purifier.htm This could be worn whenever you are outside your house. You should buy an air-purifier for your house also.
    Last edited by AdventuresAddict; 08-05-08 at 11:57 AM.

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    Re: Over 50% in Chiang Mai suffer from respiratory disease

    I wonder if most of the pollution actually comes from China and not really originated from Chiangmai.

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