Allergy and asthma to indigenous seafood species in South Africa

Lopata, A and Jeebhay, M 2007, 'Allergy and asthma to indigenous seafood species in South Africa', Current Allergy and Clinical Immunology, vol. 20, no. 4, pp. 196-200.


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Title Allergy and asthma to indigenous seafood species in South Africa
Author(s) Lopata, A
Jeebhay, M
Year 2007
Journal name Current Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Volume number 20
Issue number 4
Start page 196
End page 200
Total pages 5
Publisher Allergy Society of South Africa
Abstract Worldwide, food allergies and anaphylaxis are increasing at a faster rate than any other allergic disorders, affecting up to 4% of adults and 8% of children. Most allergic reactions to foods can be attributed to a few food groups including seafood, which form important protein sources in Africa. The move to healthier eating habits that promote seafood consumption has resulted in more frequent reporting of allergic health problems among consumers as well as processors of seafood.2,3 Increased efforts aimed at developing more specific diagnostic tests as well as effective therapies and preventive measures are dependent on the detailed characterisation of seafood allergens. Over the past decade, a number of studies of allergic disease outcomes associated with indigenous seafood species have been conducted among consumers and processors in South Africa. These studies have focused on identifying and characterising the implicated allergens using a combination of epidemiological, immunological and molecular approaches.
Subject Allergy
Clinical Sciences not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Allergy
Asthma
ISSN 1609-3607
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