An enquiry into the respiratory health effects on a rural community of a soil mound erected close to residential property

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  • Babatunde Olowokure
  • SA Wardle
  • N Beaumont
  • Harsh Duggal
  • G Colling


The health concerns of a rural community were investigated following the erection of a soil mound in close proximity to residential property. Retrospective comparisons were made of respiratory and non-respiratory consultations with general practitioners between the exposed population and a sociodemographically similar comparison population. A 2-year period was examined, 1 year before and 1 year after the mound was erected. In the 1-year period prior to erection of the mound, similar consultation rates for both respiratory and non-respiratory conditions were observed in both populations. In the 1-year period following erection of the mound, the exposed population was more likely to consult for respiratory conditions than the comparison population (OR=4.10, 95% CI 2.26-7.44). No differences were observed for non-respiratory conditions. We identified a significant increase in respiratory consultations in the exposed population following erection of the soil mound. Limitations associated with this type of study should be considered when interpreting the results.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-222
Number of pages6
JournalPublic Health
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2005