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Why more deaths due to food-induced anaphylaxis in U.S. than elsewhere?

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By MattsMom on Thu, 01-25-01, 00:24

I was doing some surfing on the net today and ran across this article [url="http://www.allerg.qc.ca/peanutallergy.htm"]http://www.allerg.qc.ca/peanutallergy.htm[/url]

which states (towards the very beginning)

-Approximately 125 people die each year in the USA secondary to food-induced anaphylaxis. . . Anaphylaxis is recognized by cutaneous, respiratory, cardiovascular, and gatrointestinal signs and symptoms occuring singly or in combination. 80 (posted Aug. 12th, 1999)

-According to Statistics Canada, there were 6 deaths due to food anaphylaxis in 1997 and 8 in 1998 in Canada (posted Oct 29th, 2000)

-In the UK, according to Pumphrey (Clin Exp Allergy 2000 Aug;30(8);1144-50) from the 20 fatal reactions recorded each year, 5 are due to food.100 (posted Dec 6th, 2000)

What I'm wondering is why there is such a HUGE difference in the # of deaths related to food induced anaphylaxis? 125 a year in the US and only 5-8 a year in the UK and Canada??? Anyone have any ideas?

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By macer on Thu, 01-25-01, 01:11

I think part of it is the population difference, but a lot of it seems to be that Canada seems much more cautious about manufacturing and even their fast food restaurants seem to take more precautions. I do not know about the U.K. would love to here more info about any of this.

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By PeanutKate on Thu, 01-25-01, 01:25

If you look at the percentage death per population then the number of deaths would probably average out. The populations of the countries you list are vastly different, U.S. 275,000,000 vs Canada 30,000,000 for example.

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By on Thu, 01-25-01, 02:37

Matt's Mom, I thought this was a really interesting question! I think PeanutKate has hit the nail on the head though.

Best wishes! [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]

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By MattsMom on Thu, 01-25-01, 02:58

Well, duh!! LOL I don't know why I didn't think about the populations of the different countries to start with. I feel stupid now, but thanks for waking me up everybody!! lol =)

Chris
who is in a multiple food allergy/diaper rash fog lately!!!

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