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Journal of Environmental and Public Health
Volume 2012, Article ID 257831, 4 pages
Research Article

Increased Mortality of Respiratory Diseases, Including Lung Cancer, in the Area with Large Amount of Ashfall from Mount Sakurajima Volcano

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Kagoshima University Graduate School of Medical and Dental Sciences, 8-35-1 Sakuragaoka, Kagoshima 890-8544, Japan

Received 28 November 2011; Revised 31 January 2012; Accepted 2 February 2012

Academic Editor: Edward Trapido

Copyright © 2012 Kenta Higuchi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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