Food Allergy in NZ – Prevalence patterns in NZ
•10% doctor-diagnosed with allergies at age 2 years, mainly to milk, eggs and peanuts
•Reduces to 5% by adolescence.
•Mainly peanuts, tree-nuts, fish & shellfish in older children, adults
•Sesame and kiwifruit increasingly common in NZ
•Milk, soy and wheat allergies are recognised as complex to manage.
Adult food-induced anaphylaxis hospital presentations in New Zealand
- 70% increase 2002-2011, mainly attributable to a disproportionate increase in rates in the Pasifika and Asian populations
- The rate per 100,000 people rose from 6.0 to 20.6 (more than 3-fold) for Pacific and Asian peoples, compared with 3.5-5.2 for NZ Europeans
•NZ has a very different population mix to that of 30 years ago
•Increased change in recent years due to high migration levels.
•Migration from one environment to another is considered a risk factor for the development of allergies.
•Many families are living in socially and economically stressed communities – poor housing conditions, low focus on health maintenance.
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