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Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal

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RAHIMI RAD, M.H.; HEJAZI, M.E.  and  BEHROUZIAN, R.. Asthma and other allergic diseases in 13-14-year-old schoolchildren in Urmia: an ISAAC study. East. Mediterr. health j. [online]. 2007, vol.13, n.5, pp. 1005-1016. ISSN 1020-3397.

We determined the prevalence and risk factors of asthma, allergic rhinitis and atopic eczema in 3000 13-14-year-old schoolchildren in Urmia, Islamic Republic of Iran. We used the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC) written and video questionnaires. With the written questionnaire, the prevalence of current symptoms (within the past 12 months) was: wheeze 14.5%, allergic rhinitis 23.6% and eczema 10.1%. Self-reported asthma ever was only 2.1%. With the video questionnaire, the prevalence of wheeze was lower; 7.4% for wheeze at rest ever and 4.6% during the past 12 months. Boys had a significantly higher prevalence for most items examined except for eczema.

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