ALERT: Asthma Is 6 Times More Lethal For Black Children

African American girl with asthma inhalerAsthma attacks can prove deadly to kids, but a new study shows that black American children are six times more likely to die of the illness than their white or Hispanic peers.

The gap in death rates “may imply a differential access to care” based on a family’s race, said lead author Dr. Anna Chen Arroyo, in a news release from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. She is from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

Arroyo was slated to present the findings Saturday at the academy’s annual meeting in Atlanta.