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Associated Health Effects among Residences Near Jeleeb Al-Shuyoukh Landfill

K. Schrapp and N. Al-Mutairi

Abstract

Problem statement: There is growing concern about landfill adverse health effects from exposure to landfill emissions. Approach: Airborne dust samples from houses near Jeleeb Al-Shuyoukh landfill and control residences were analyzed for molds and bacteria and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) each month for one year. Results: The number of mold species was greater in the residences close to Jeleeb Al-Shuyoukh landfill than in the control. A number of additional VOCs irritating to the skin, eyes, or respiratory tract were also found. Conclusion: The results from this pilot study illustrated the diversity of microorganisms and VOCs present in Jeleeb Al-Shuyoukh environment and suggested that analysis of airborne dust may help assess human exposure to microorganisms and chemical compounds. In addition, a cross-sectional study was explored in Jeleeb Al-Shuyoukh and Al-Jahra residence, through a series of door-to-door survey of 451 residents. The findings of the health survey indicated a higher prevalence of dermatological, neuromuscular, respiratory and gastrointestinal symptoms among people living in the area surrounding the landfill than among the control group’s participants. Furthermore, the hygienic survey indicated a high amount of airborne dust, bacteria and fungi within the breathing zone of the residences near the landfill.

American Journal of Environmental Sciences
Volume 6 No. 2, 2010, 184-190

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajessp.2010.184.190

Submitted On: 14 May 2010 Published On: 16 June 2010

How to Cite: Schrapp, K. & Al-Mutairi, N. (2010). Associated Health Effects among Residences Near Jeleeb Al-Shuyoukh Landfill. American Journal of Environmental Sciences, 6(2), 184-190. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajessp.2010.184.190

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Keywords

  • Airborne microorganisms
  • volatile organic compounds
  • health
  • landfill