The Burden of asthma in West Virginia
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The Burden of asthma in West Virginia

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  • Alternative Title:
    Burden of asthma in West Virginia 2007
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    "Asthma is a chronic lung disease characterized by recurrent and intermittent episodes or attacks in which the linings of the airways swell, mucus blocks the airways, and the muscles around the airways tighten. During an episode, people with asthma experience tightness in the chest, difficulty breathing, wheezing, and coughing. Asthma symptoms occur when exposed to certain triggers such as pet dander, mold, dust mites, tobacco smoke, or wood smoke. Asthma symptoms can be controlled through appropriate use of medications and avoidance of identified triggers. However, poor management of the disease can lead to complications that result in poor health, hospitalization, and even death. The West Virginia Asthma Education and Prevention Program, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is charged with 1) establishing a statewide network of key stakeholders and partners dedicated to addressing asthma; 2) maintaining an asthma surveillance system that identifies priority populations for intervention, directs program activities, and evaluates program effectiveness, and 3) implementing health promotion programs and interventions to reduce the burden of asthma in West Virginia. This report summarizes data from the West Virginia asthma surveillance system. It is an update to The Burden of Asthma in West Virginia published in 2003 and is the most comprehensive source of information about asthma in this state. The data presented in this report indicate that there are four populations in West Virginia with a high burden of asthma: 1) children, 2) the elderly, 3) adult women, and 4) West Virginians of low socioeconomic status. Listed below are some of the key findings of this report." - p. v

    "This publication was supported by the Cooperative Agreement number U59/CCU324180-03 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." - acknowledgements

    Bibliography: p. 55-56.

    Includes bibliographical references (p. 63-64).

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