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Family & Community Health:
doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e3181c4e26b

An Indoor Air Quality Assessment for Vulnerable Populations Exposed to Volcanic Vog From Kilauea Volcano

Longo, Bernadette M. PhD, RN; Yang, Wei PhD, MD; Green, Joshua B. MD; Longo, Anthony A. PhD; Harris, Merylin MHSc, RN; Bibilone, Renwick BA

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The Ka'u District of Hawaii is exposed to sulfurous air pollution called vog from the ongoing eruption of Kilauea Volcano. Increased volcanic activity in 2008 prompted an indoor air quality assessment of the district's hospital and schools. All indoor sulfur dioxide concentrations were above the World Health Organization's average 24-hour recommendation. Indoor penetration ratios were up to 94% of ambient levels and dependent upon building construction or the use of air-conditioning. Health-promotion efforts for vulnerable populations at the hospital and schools are under way to improve indoor air quality and respond to those affected by vog exposure.

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