Allergic to Research

Daily exposure to contaminated water, poor sanitation and parasites is not keeping allergies and asthma at bay in Africa, defying the "hygiene hypothesis" that exposure breeds immune response, found researchers at Egypt’s Ain Shams University.

The limited data available shows cities like Cape Town and Nairobi have asthma rates comparable to the West. Africa is full of asthma and allergy triggers, but the false assumption of low allergy rates across Africa has obscured the need for research, the authors said.

The study, published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology concludes that more funding, government support and improved scientific partnerships are needed to address the problem adequately.

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