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World Asthma Day, May 6, 2003

The fifth annual World Asthma Day will be May 6, 2003, and will mark the beginning of Asthma and Allergy Month. On World Asthma Day, CDC, in collaboration with its worldwide partners, will help raise awareness about asthma through various activities, including proclamations by government officials and presentations by health-care officials.

During 1980--1996, the prevalence of asthma in the United States increased among all age, sex, and racial groups. In 2001, an estimated 31.3 million persons reported ever having asthma diagnosed, and 20.3 million persons currently had asthma. Each year, approximately 14 million days of school absences and approximately 100 million days of restricted activity are attributed to asthma.

Additional information about CDC's National Asthma Control Program and its public and private partners is available at http://www.cdc.gov/asthma.



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