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Asthma's impact on the nation : data from the CDC National Asthma Control Program
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    Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the airways in the lungs. During an asthma attack, airways become inflamed, making it hard to breathe. Asthma attacks can be mild, moderate, or serious — and even life threatening. In response to the worsening problem of asthma, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the National Asthma Control Program (NACP), a public health response to control asthma in the United States. Since its establishment in 1999, the NACP has been working to ensure that people with asthma get the care and education they need to manage the disease effectively. The program currently funds asthma control programs in 34 states, Washington, DC and Puerto Rico, serving 85% of the US population with asthma. Since it began, the NACP has funded states which include 91% of the US population with asthma. The NACP has also funded national partner organizations to conduct asthma education nationwide since 2002.
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