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CARMO, Cleber Nascimento do  and  HACON, Sandra de Souza. Time series studies of air pollution by fires and the effects on human health. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2013, vol.18, n.11, pp.3245-3258. ISSN 1413-8123.

Burnoffs (intentional fires for agricultural purposes) and forest fires of large proportions have been observed in various regions of the planet. Exposure to high levels of air pollutants emitted by fires can be responsible for various harmful effects on human health. In this article, the literature on estimating acute effects of air pollution on human health by fires in the regions with the highest number of fires on the planet, using a time series approach is summarized. An attempt was made to identify gaps in knowledge. The study consisted of a narrative review, in which the characteristics of the selected studies were grouped by regions of the planet with a higher incidence of burnoffs: Amazon, America, Australia and Asia. The results revealed a large number of studies in Australia, few studies in the Amazon and great heterogeneity in the results on the significant effects on human health.

Keywords : Burnoffs; Human health; Time series.

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