Impact of haze from forest fire to respiratory health: Indonesian experience

Respirology. 2000 Jun;5(2):169-74. doi: 10.1046/j.1440-1843.2000.00246.x.


Objective: This paper will describe the impact on the human lung of haze from forest fires in Indonesia based on data collected from different provinces.

Methodology: Data were collected from personal reports from pulmonologists working in the area as well as from province/district health offices and hospitals.

Results: These data show that there was a significant impact of haze to the human lung. There was a significant increase in respiratory conditions, lung function complaints and other related impacts.

Conclusion: Further studies, especially cohort studies, should be undertaken so that the long-term' impact of pollution from forest fires can be known.

MeSH terms

  • Air Pollutants / adverse effects*
  • Air Pollutants / analysis
  • Asthma / epidemiology
  • Asthma / etiology
  • Bronchiectasis / epidemiology
  • Bronchiectasis / etiology
  • Bronchitis / epidemiology
  • Bronchitis / etiology
  • Fires*
  • Humans
  • Indonesia / epidemiology
  • Pneumonia / epidemiology
  • Pneumonia / etiology
  • Respiratory Tract Diseases / epidemiology*
  • Respiratory Tract Diseases / etiology*
  • Respiratory Tract Diseases / mortality
  • Smoke / adverse effects
  • Trees
  • Tuberculosis / epidemiology
  • Tuberculosis / etiology


  • Air Pollutants
  • Smoke