Asthma and Allergies in Childhood Survey (ISACC) in the Northeastern Mexico Border Region Academic Article in Scopus uri icon

Abstract

  • Key issues related to air quality are examined, with emphasis on children's health. The prevalence of asthma were 7.1, 4.5, and 6.9 for Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, and Matamoros respectively. The results give an indication of how public perceives the issues of respiratory diseases and provides recommendations derived from the experience of applying the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) survey on the Mexican side of the border. The prevalence of respiratory diseases, e.g., asthma, rhinitis, and eczema, were estimated from the survey results. The prevalence of asthma were 7.1, 4.5 and 6.9 for Nuevo Laredo, Reynosa, and Matamoros respectively. The results of ISAAC survey give an indication of how public perceives the issues of respiratory diseases and provides recommendations derived from the experience of applying the ISAAC survey on the Mexican side of the border. Most of the air pollution problems in the border air sheds result from anthropogenic activities in the urban areas. Various power plants, refineries, cement plants, petrochemicals, electronic manufacturing industry, agriculture, transportation, and construction were the sources of air pollution. This is an abstract of a paper presented at the 101st AWMA Annual Conference and Exhibition (Portland, OR 6/24-27/2008).

Publication date

  • December 1, 2008