Asthma rates jump sharply in U.S.
ONTARIO — According to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of people in the U.S. suffering from asthma has jumped significantly in the past 10 years, according to a press release.
The report, which tracked asthma cases from 2001 to 2009, indicates one in 10 children and about one in 12 Americans of all ages now have asthma, the release stated.
According to the release, other findings include an 8.2 percent increase in asthma in 2009 compared to 2001, and the revelation that there were approximately 20 million cases of asthma in 2001; this increased to approximately 25 million by 2009.
"We don''t know exactly why the numbers are going up," says Mike Sawchuk, vice president of Enviro-Solutions, manufacturer of green cleaning products.
"And of course, as advocates for environmentally preferable cleaning products, we had hoped [the number of asthma cases] would have declined," Sawchuk added.
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