To understand the
health effects of the temporary housing after the September 1999 earthquake
in Taiwan, we conducted the object observation, environmental monitoring,
questionnaire survey, and disease analysis in both spring and autumn seasons to
rate the presence and magnitude of exposures of environmental hazards. In the
hot season more people identified poor ventilation, dampness, hot, odor, and
insecurity as sources of hazards. The health effects on the cervix and vagina,
liver, and respiratory disease assessed by clinic visits were corresponded to
the environmental exposures, and complaints. It was suggested that reducing the
risks to temporary housing residences by means of improving housing
ventilation and providing community security when the permanent housing was
not finished from the experience of Chi-Chi earthquake disaster in Taiwan.
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