Epidemiology and surveillance of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in two large metropolitan areas in California

Affiliates Jhaqueline Valle [1], Eric Roberts [1], Susan Paulukonis [1], Natalie Collins [1], Paul English [1], Wendy Kaye [2]


[1] California Environmental Health Tracking Program, California Department of Public Health
[2] McKing Consulting Corporation & Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Journal Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration
Summary Demographic and incidence estimates of ALS in two California metropolitan areas, Los Angeles County and San Francisco Bay Area, were reported. Incident cases were more likely to be male and white. The two areas differed in the proportion of foreign-born persons with ALS suggesting differences in access to care and referral patterns that may affect case ascertainment and diagnosis.
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