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Asthma on the rise

June 11, 2010

LONDON — Cleaning sprays used around the home and workplace are fuelling a rise in asthma, according to The Mirror.

Chlorine, bleach and disinfectants can spark the condition or make existing symptoms worse with cleaners and health workers who use products in hospitals most at risk, the article stated.

According to the article, breathing in bleach and disinfectants more than once a week was linked to a 20 percent rise in asthma or wheezing.

Dr Jan Paul Zock, of the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology in Barcelona, backed previous studies. He said: "Our research shows cleaning-related asthma is a public health issue and is potentially preventable."

"Not only are those whose work involves cleaning at risk, but we also need to consider the ubiquitous use of products at home," Zock added.

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