Focus on Asthma
Asthma, a chronic disease characterized by inflammation of the airways, restricts the passage of air into the lungs and leads to episodes of wheezing, coughing, chest tightness, and shortness of breath; severe asthma episodes can close off airways completely and may prevent vital organs from receiving oxygen.1 Despite significant medical and public health efforts to address the disease, asthma continues to impact communities, States, and the Nation. The map below shows how the prevalence of asthma varies by State. This information was collected by the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS).
Adult Self-Reported Current Asthma Prevalence for Each State in 2009.
Adult Self-Reported Current Asthma Prevalence for Each State in 2009. The prevalence is highest (defined by the first quartile) in the following States: Arizona, District of Columbia, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Hampshire, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, and Vermont. The prevalence is second highest (defined by the second quartile) in the following States: Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Missouri, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The prevalence is second lowest (defined by the third quartile) in the following States: California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Virginia. The prevalence is lowest (defined by the last quartile) in the following States: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska, New Jersey, South Dakota, and Texas.
1 A.D.A.M. Medical Encyclopedia [Internet]. Atlanta (GA): A.D.A.M., Inc.; ©2005. Asthma; [updated 2006 Oct 30; cited 2008 Mar 12]; [about 4 p.].