09 Apr '11, 1am

Recent Study Finds Alarming Asthma Rates Near Southern California Ports

Almost 30% of households in West Long Beach, California are home to someone with asthma. This heartbreaking statistic is among the findings of a recent study conducted by the Greater Long Beach Interfaith Community Organization, St. Lucy’s Catholic Church, and California State University, Long Beach. 29% of households surveyed are home to at least one adult that has asthma, and 18.9% are home to at least one child with asthma. The number of childhood asthma cases dramatically increased with the length of time the child has lived in the neighborhood; a little over 80% of the childhood asthma cases were kids that have lived in the area longer than 6 years, while only 9% of the childhood asthma cases were kids that have lived in the area for less than 1 year. Sadly, these findings are not surprising. West Long Beach is surrounded by the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports, the 7...

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