What is the global prevalence of asthma?

Updated: Oct 07, 2019
  • Author: John J Oppenheimer, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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International prevalence

Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) researchers noted that, with regard to asthma in general, there have been increases in prevalence, morbidity, mortality, and economic burden over the past 40 years, especially in children. [9] Asthma affects more than 300 million people worldwide, and some reports suggest that asthma prevalence is increasing by 50% every decade. [9]

The highest recorded prevalences of asthma outside North America are in the United Kingdom (>15%), New Zealand (15.1%), and Australia (14.7%). [10]

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