Global Health Observatory (GHO)

Deaths from chronic respiratory diseases

Situation

Chronic respiratory diseases were responsible for 4.2 million deaths globally in 2008.

Chronic respiratory diseases, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, were responsible for 4.2 million deaths globally in 2008.

Chronic respiratory diseases are chronic diseases of the airways and other structures of the lung. Some of the most common are asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), respiratory allergies, occupational lung diseases and pulmonary hypertension.

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