April 8-14, 2013 is World Allergy Week

WAWlogoWorld Allergy Week 2013, hosted by the World Allergy Organization (WAO), addresses the theme of “Food Allergy – A Rising Global Health Problem.”

The prevalence of food allergy is rising, especially in children, in both developed and developing countries. In 2012, a nationwide study found that about 2.5 million Canadians, or one in every 13 people, suffer from a significant food allergy.

This year, World Allergy Week highlights the need for greater awareness and understanding of food allergy as well as the exchange of ideas and collaboration in order to address a variety of safety and quality-of-life issues related to the care of patients with food sensitivity. Resources and information about World Allergy Week are available online at http://www.worldallergy.org