Children with asthma in Travis County hospitalized more than children nationwide, study finds


TRAVIS COUNTY (KXAN) – Children in Travis County are hospitalized at a significantly higher rate than children in the United States overall, according to a new study.

Dell Medical School at the University of Texas at Austin said eastern Travis County had the highest rates of emergency room visits and hospitalizations for children with asthma. Specifically, the study found that neighborhoods east of Interstate 35 had the highest rates.

The study was published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Dell Med looked at health data to compare the rates of asthma-related emergency room visits among residents of Travis County in 2016 and 2017. The study found that 16 in 10,000 children under the age of 18 in Travis County are hospitalized for asthma each year.

Nationally, only 10 in 10,000 children are hospitalized.

Travis County’s rate is 60% higher than the national average, according to Dell Med.

The study also found that the Latin American population of Travis County was largely affected by asthma.

“When the team looked at the rates of emergency room visits for asthma by neighborhood, we were surprised to find such asthma burden in areas where most ethnic minority residents are Latin American, mostly from Latin America. Mexican origin – a population traditionally considered to be at very low risk for asthma. Said Elizabeth Matsui, MD, MHS, professor of population health and pediatrics.

Researchers said the reasons for these high rates of asthma-related illness in Travis County are not yet fully understood, but more research on environmental inequalities, as well as racial and ethnic disparities should be done. .

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