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[Mortality in the municipalities of Brindisi Province, 1981-2001].
Epidemiol Prev. 2008 Jan-Feb; 32(1):49-57.EP

Abstract

INTRODUCTION

Brindisi is a town on the South coast of the Adriatic sea, where many sources of airpollutants are located nearby the urban area. A part from the airport and the harbour, mainly for passenger traffic to Greece, a wide industrial area is present (petrochemical, power plants, chemical pharmaceutical, metallurgical, manufacturing). In seven municipalities, illegal dumps have been found. South west of Brindisi is the province of Taranto, whose industrial area includes steels factory a refinery and a cement factory. In both provinces, an area at "high risk of environmental crisis, has been identified by the Italian Ministry of Environment. In the Brindisi area, mortality from all causes, cancers and respiratory diseases. in 1990-1994 was found to be in excess.

OBJECTIVES

to estimate mortality among residents in the twenty municipalities of the province aggregated in four geographic areas: the one at "high risk" including the main town, and the areas located North. West and South of the Brindisi "high risk" area.

DESIGN

descriptive geographical study.

SETTING

mortality analysis by gender, specific causes of death and two ten-year periods between 1981 and 2001. Standardised mortality ratios (Puglia region as referent population) and directly as well as age-standardized rates (ref. European population) have been computed.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES

mortality from all causes and from forty selected causes.

RESULTS

about 3,200 annual deaths have occurred in the province. Results for the high risk area confirm previous analyses while excesses in the other areas have appeared. A few municipalities, requiring a deeper investigation have been identified. Such excesses refer to mortality due to all causes, all cancers, stomach and lung cancers, respiratory and ischemic diseases.

CONCLUSIONS

this study confirms excesses in the high risk areas and found mortality excesses in other municipality both among males and females. The results suggest to further investigate mortality both in the main town and in the small municipalities where illegal dump have been found and also in those located on the border with Taranto province.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Istituto di fisiologia clinica, Consiglio nazionale delle ricerche. emilio.gianicolo@ifc.cnr.itNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

English Abstract
Journal Article

Language

ita

PubMed ID

18488954

Citation

Gianicolo, Emilio Antonio Luca, et al. "[Mortality in the Municipalities of Brindisi Province, 1981-2001]." Epidemiologia E Prevenzione, vol. 32, no. 1, 2008, pp. 49-57.
Gianicolo EA, Serinelli M, Vigotti MA, et al. [Mortality in the municipalities of Brindisi Province, 1981-2001]. Epidemiol Prev. 2008;32(1):49-57.
Gianicolo, E. A., Serinelli, M., Vigotti, M. A., & Portaluri, M. (2008). [Mortality in the municipalities of Brindisi Province, 1981-2001]. Epidemiologia E Prevenzione, 32(1), 49-57.
Gianicolo EA, et al. [Mortality in the Municipalities of Brindisi Province, 1981-2001]. Epidemiol Prev. 2008 Jan-Feb;32(1):49-57. PubMed PMID: 18488954.
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TY - JOUR T1 - [Mortality in the municipalities of Brindisi Province, 1981-2001]. AU - Gianicolo,Emilio Antonio Luca, AU - Serinelli,Maria, AU - Vigotti,Maria Angela, AU - Portaluri,Maurizio, PY - 2008/5/21/pubmed PY - 2008/9/5/medline PY - 2008/5/21/entrez SP - 49 EP - 57 JF - Epidemiologia e prevenzione JO - Epidemiol Prev VL - 32 IS - 1 N2 - INTRODUCTION: Brindisi is a town on the South coast of the Adriatic sea, where many sources of airpollutants are located nearby the urban area. A part from the airport and the harbour, mainly for passenger traffic to Greece, a wide industrial area is present (petrochemical, power plants, chemical pharmaceutical, metallurgical, manufacturing). In seven municipalities, illegal dumps have been found. South west of Brindisi is the province of Taranto, whose industrial area includes steels factory a refinery and a cement factory. In both provinces, an area at "high risk of environmental crisis, has been identified by the Italian Ministry of Environment. In the Brindisi area, mortality from all causes, cancers and respiratory diseases. in 1990-1994 was found to be in excess. OBJECTIVES: to estimate mortality among residents in the twenty municipalities of the province aggregated in four geographic areas: the one at "high risk" including the main town, and the areas located North. West and South of the Brindisi "high risk" area. DESIGN: descriptive geographical study. SETTING: mortality analysis by gender, specific causes of death and two ten-year periods between 1981 and 2001. Standardised mortality ratios (Puglia region as referent population) and directly as well as age-standardized rates (ref. European population) have been computed. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: mortality from all causes and from forty selected causes. RESULTS: about 3,200 annual deaths have occurred in the province. Results for the high risk area confirm previous analyses while excesses in the other areas have appeared. A few municipalities, requiring a deeper investigation have been identified. Such excesses refer to mortality due to all causes, all cancers, stomach and lung cancers, respiratory and ischemic diseases. CONCLUSIONS: this study confirms excesses in the high risk areas and found mortality excesses in other municipality both among males and females. The results suggest to further investigate mortality both in the main town and in the small municipalities where illegal dump have been found and also in those located on the border with Taranto province. SN - 1120-9763 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/18488954/[Mortality_in_the_municipalities_of_Brindisi_Province_1981_2001]_ L2 - http://www.epidemiologiaeprevenzione.it/materiali/ARCHIVIO_PDF/2008/E&P1/E&P1_049_art5.pdf DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -