Moscow smog and nationwide heat wave claim thousands of lives

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 10 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4360
  1. Andrew Osborn
  1. 1Moscow

    An unprecedented heat wave, combined with a deadly outbreak of fierce forest fires, has sparked a public health crisis in Moscow, the Russian capital, where the daily death rate has doubled in recent weeks.

    At least 52 people across Russia have died in the fires, and Moscow has been shrouded in a thick layer of smog, caused by scores of forest and peat bog fires ringing the Russian capital, which has made being outdoors hazardous.

    Carbon monoxide levels have, at times, exceeded the acceptable level by almost seven times. City residents have complained …

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