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J Environ Health Sci. 2016; 42(6): 365-374

Published online December 30, 2016

Copyright © The Korean Society of Environmental Health.

Distribution of Health Problems Associated with Humidifier Disinfectant by Year

연도별 가습기 살균제 피해자 분포 고찰

Dong-Uk Park, Seung-Hun Ryu*, Hyun-Suk Roh**

박동욱 · 류승훈* · 노현석**

Abstract

Objectives: Studies are needed to examine the characteristics of health effects reported by people who used humidifier disinfectant (HD), including the distribution of victims.
Methods: We analyzed the distribution of health effects including lung injury that were asserted by a total of 699 individuals who registered with the first through third national programs to determine health effects associated with the use of HD.
Results: We found that HD-associated lung injury (HDLI) occurred every year from 2002 through 2011, and in 2011 for 37.2% (n=96) of the total of 258 clinically evaluated HDLI victims. More than half of the victims responded that they were victimized between 2010 and 2011. This was consistent among all classifications by sex, age, HD brand and HD chemical ingredient.
Conclusion: This study assumed that the major reason for the outbreak of the health effect between 2010 and 2011 could be the variations in concentrations and physical properties related to polyhexamethylene guanidine (PHMG). Further studies are necessary to examine if some factors related to the chemical disinfectants contained in HD brands may have caused the massive outbreak of health effects including HDLI.

KeywordsCMIT,humidifier disinfectant (HD),humidifier disinfectant-associated lung injury (HDLI), MIT,PGH,PHMG

The Korean Society of Environmental Health

Vol.48 No.6
December, 2022

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