Recent statistics on allergy – 2013
Data from the press release issued by the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) and the World Allergy Organisation after their massive meeting in Milan in June and a May report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
• More than 30% of the world's population is now being affected by allergy. (EAACI-WAO)
Some interesting racial differences too – bearing in mind that the CDC data comes from the US:
• Hispanic children had a lower prevalence of food allergy (3.6%), skin allergy (10.1%), and respiratory allergy (13.0%) compared with non-Hispanic white and non-Hispanic black children. (CDC)
And finally, the relevance of income. The prevalence of both food allergy and respiratory allergy increased with the increase of income level:
• Among children with family income less than 100% of the poverty level, 4.4% had a food allergy and 14.9% had a respiratory allergy.
And finally, since we are on figures – some figures specifically on food allergy in the US published in the June issue of Pediatrics. In a sample of 38,500 children interviewed between June 2009 and February 2010:
• 8% suffered from a food allergy.
And, note well, the authors comment:
First published July 2013
• If this article was of interest you will find many other articles on unlikely allergies and allergy connections here – and links to many relevant research studies here.