Border Asthma and Allergies Study Results Released
A public presentation was held Wednesday, at the Old Post Office Pavilion announcing the results of the Border Asthma & Allergies Study (BASTA).
The study done in May 2005, surveyed 3,224 7th and 8th grade students from 10 Imperial Valley Schools. Studies showed just how affected the Border region is by asthma. Both boys and girls were surveyed to determine the incidence of asthma and asthma related symptoms, as well as allergies and breathing problems of students without asthma.
“Asthma is a problem in the Imperial Valley, there is no secret about that,” said Aide Fulton, Director of Imperial Valley Child Asthma Program. “This survey revealed a great deal about the incidence of asthma among Imperial Valley children.”
The overall results indicated that children in Imperial County are more likely to have asthma at some point in their lives than most other children in California. Also, children of Mexican heritage within the BASTA survey had a higher percentage of asthma than students of similar ethnicity in other regions of California.
Since the BASTA survey was conducted, some four years ago, children in Imperial County remain three times more likely to be admitted to the hospital for asthma than the rest of California. By population comparison, Imperial County has the highest number of asthma-related emergency room visits for children ages 5-17. Findings indicate asthma continues to remain a major health problem for young people in Imperial County.
The study, a health survey conducted by the California Department of Public Health, was initiated to help determine the amount of asthma and asthma symptoms in young teenagers and to examine familial and environmental factors that might be related to asthma. IVCAP, in partnership with El Centro Regional Medical Center, Pioneers Memorial Healthcare District, Comite Civico Del Valle, Inc., Imperial County Public Health Department, Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, American Lung Association, Imperial County Children and Families First Commission, National Latino Research Center and California Department of Health, presented the results to the public on Wednesday, November 18. to provide our patients with the highest quality healthcare experience.