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Health Protection

Environmental public health

Environmental public health involves the ways in which the environment can impact people’s health.

Environmental public health works to assess and control the aspects of human health determined by physical, chemical, biological and social factors in the environment such as weather events, airborne dust, contaminated land, noise and waste.

Impacts of the environment on human health

Thunderstorm asthma

Thunderstorm asthma is thought to be triggered by a unique combination of high amounts of grass pollen in the air and a certain type of thunderstorm. For people who have asthma or hay fever this can trigger severe asthma symptoms.

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