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CDC: Asthma hits 9 million U.S. children

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ATLANTA, Mar 31, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Nine million U.S. children have been diagnosed with asthma at some point and more than 4 million have had an asthma attack in the last year, a report says.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found 12 percent of children under age 18 have been diagnosed with asthma. Boys and children in poor families are more likely to be diagnosed, according to the 2002 CDC National Health Interview Survey.

Non-Hispanic black children were more than twice as likely as Hispanic children to have had an asthma attack in the past 12 months. Hispanic children were less likely than non-Hispanic white children and non-Hispanic black children to have respiratory allergies, however.

The report also found 12 percent, or 9 million, U.S. children suffered from respiratory allergies in 2002. The allergies were more prevalent among children living in the South than in the Midwest, Northeast or West.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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