Deaths Caused by Air Pollution in Brazil Increase 14 Percent in Ten Years

Ischemic heart diseases rank first among the causes of death, followed by cerebrovascular diseases and cancer. Last year, hospitalizations for respiratory problems cost Brazil's Public Health System (SUS) R$1.3 billion (US$ 325 Million).

By Xiu Ying

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A study by the Ministry of Health shows that the number of deaths classified as resulting from air pollution has increased fourteen percent in ten years. There were 38,782 deaths in 2006 and 44,228 in 2016, according to the study "Saúde Brasil 2018", released this week on World Environment Day.

The study contemplates deaths classified within the "Chronic Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs)" category, with data from the Mortality Information System (SIM). The highest incidence of cases is related to large urban centers and states hit by wildfires.

According to Saúde . . .

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