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Asthma Affects 4.3 Million More People In 8 Years In USA

June 24, 2017

25 million Americans in 2009 suffered from asthma, compared to about 20 million in 2001, in 2001 7% of the country's population was affected, in 2009 8% were affected. In just eight years the number of people diagnosed with asthma grew by 4.3 million, according to a new report published by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) called "CDC Vital Signs, May 2011. Asthma in the US".

1 in every 12 Americans had asthma in 2009, compared to 1 in 14 eight years earlier. The asthma health bill in the USA grew from $53 billion to approximately $56 billion in the eight years up to 2009.

Experts are not sure why this increase has occurred. Over the last ten years air quality has improved and exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke has also gone down - two factors known to contribute to asthma risk.

Paul Garbe, D.V.M., M.P.H, chief of CDC's Air Pollution and Respiratory Health Branch, said: