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dc.contributor.authorJennings, Aisling
dc.contributor.authorDuggan, Eileen
dc.contributor.authorPerry, Ivan J
dc.contributor.authorHourihane, Jonathan O'B
dc.date.accessioned2012-01-04T15:43:46Z
dc.date.available2012-01-04T15:43:46Z
dc.date.issued2010-12
dc.identifier.citationEpidemiology of allergic reactions to hymenoptera stings in Irish school children. 2010, 21 (8):1166-70 Pediatr Allergy Immunolen
dc.identifier.issn1399-3038
dc.identifier.pmid20408970
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/j.1399-3038.2010.01054.x
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/200036
dc.description.abstractThe aim of this was to study generate the first epidemiological data regarding the prevalence of hymenoptera allergy among school children in Ireland. Questionnaires, including six sting-specific questions (1), were distributed to the parents of primary school children aged 6-8 and 11-13, divided equally between rural and urban backgrounds. From 110 schools, 4112 questionnaires were returned. A total of 1544 (37.5%) children had been stung in their lifetime. Among the total, 5.8% of children stung experienced a large local reaction, 3.4% had a mild (cutaneous) systemic reaction (MSR) and 0.8% experienced a moderate/severe systemic reaction (SSR); these figures respectively represent 2.2%, 1.3% and 0.2% of the total study group. On logistic regression analysis, older children and rural children were at a higher risk of being stung (OR 1.7; 95% CI 1.4-2.; OR 1.6; 95% CI 1.4-1.8 respectively). Rural dwellers and asthma sufferers were more likely to experience an SSR (OR 4.3; 95% CI 1.4-13.5 and OR 2.8; 95% CI 1.8-4.3, respectively). Hymenoptera stings are more common in rural than urban dwelling Irish children. Asthma imparted a greater risk of SSR in this study population. Severe reactions are unusual overall, occurring in <1% of those stung, a lower prevalence than in Israeli teenagers but in keeping with other European reports relating to young children.
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherWiley-Blackwellen
dc.subject.meshAnimals
dc.subject.meshArthropod Venoms
dc.subject.meshAsthma
dc.subject.meshChild
dc.subject.meshFemale
dc.subject.meshHumans
dc.subject.meshHymenoptera
dc.subject.meshHypersensitivity
dc.subject.meshInsect Bites and Stings
dc.subject.meshIreland
dc.subject.meshMale
dc.subject.meshPopulation
dc.subject.meshPrevalence
dc.subject.meshRisk Factors
dc.subject.meshRural Population
dc.titleEpidemiology of allergic reactions to hymenoptera stings in Irish school children.en
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentDepartments of Paediatrics and Child Health Epidemiology, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.en
dc.identifier.journalPediatric allergy and immunology : official publication of the European Society of Pediatric Allergy and Immunologyen
dc.description.provinceMunster
html.description.abstractThe aim of this was to study generate the first epidemiological data regarding the prevalence of hymenoptera allergy among school children in Ireland. Questionnaires, including six sting-specific questions (1), were distributed to the parents of primary school children aged 6-8 and 11-13, divided equally between rural and urban backgrounds. From 110 schools, 4112 questionnaires were returned. A total of 1544 (37.5%) children had been stung in their lifetime. Among the total, 5.8% of children stung experienced a large local reaction, 3.4% had a mild (cutaneous) systemic reaction (MSR) and 0.8% experienced a moderate/severe systemic reaction (SSR); these figures respectively represent 2.2%, 1.3% and 0.2% of the total study group. On logistic regression analysis, older children and rural children were at a higher risk of being stung (OR 1.7; 95% CI 1.4-2.; OR 1.6; 95% CI 1.4-1.8 respectively). Rural dwellers and asthma sufferers were more likely to experience an SSR (OR 4.3; 95% CI 1.4-13.5 and OR 2.8; 95% CI 1.8-4.3, respectively). Hymenoptera stings are more common in rural than urban dwelling Irish children. Asthma imparted a greater risk of SSR in this study population. Severe reactions are unusual overall, occurring in <1% of those stung, a lower prevalence than in Israeli teenagers but in keeping with other European reports relating to young children.


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