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Odour incidents and epidemiology

Helen Smethurst

in Essentials of Environmental Epidemiology for Health Protection

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199663415
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191759116 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199663415.003.0025
Odour incidents and epidemiology

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The rational principle of the Odour Complaints Checklist was tested in the incident of strange odours in the south-east of England, where detailed investigations were undertaken in order to ascertain the source, or potential source, of the odours, the pathway, and the impact at exposed receptors and has been found to be very useful. The investigation at the acute stage of the incident was focused towards early assessment and determination of the public health risk and making informed decisions based on the available information. Whilst the general public were not at risk during this incident and the event was short lived, there was a clear need to investigate further. Additional and more comprehensive investigations have revealed a source for the odours and modelling of the pathway has revealed a plausible dispersion mechanism. The investigation has also shown that similar events may have occurred previously, although have not been examined, and that comparable circumstances could occur in the future.

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Epidemiology

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