ER visits for asthma attacks surging for KC kids. Could climate change play a role?

This article discusses children’s health and climate change. ER visits for asthma attacks surging for KC kids. Could climate change play a role?

Data collected by Archer’s agency showed asthma-related pediatric emergency room visits trending up from 2006 to 2015, with children of color disproportionately affected.

From 2006 to 2009, Kansas City kids never had more than 1,653 emergency room visits due to asthma. In 2010 that number spiked to 1,988 and has stayed at 1,871 or above ever since. From 2012 through 2015, it was above 2,000 visits every year but one.

The health department doesn’t yet know why, but it has some theories:

▪ Climate change is creating more ozone alert days and longer allergy seasons, both of which may be triggers for asthma attacks.

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