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Bronchial asthma in the southern Maldives

Authors

  • ROGER J. WOLSTENHOLME

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    1. Department of Respiratory Diseases, University of Edinburgh
      Present address and correspondence: Dr R. J. Wolstenholme, 94, Pulteney Road, South Woodford, London E18 1PS.
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Present address and correspondence: Dr R. J. Wolstenholme, 94, Pulteney Road, South Woodford, London E18 1PS.

Summary

A whole population survey was performed in Addu Atoll, southern Maldives to establish the prevalence of bronchial asthma. Assessments of atopic eczema, allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis and intestinal infestation were made, and serum specific IgE titres to a number of allergens were measured. Asthma is a common condition in the southern Maldives, and there is no evidence that the IgE produced by intestinal helminths prevents the condition.

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