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New Mexico Department of Health Reports Nearly 8,000 Emergency Department Visits Annually Due to Asthma

May 6, 2019 - Asthma - Healthy Living

New Mexico Department of Health Reports Nearly 8,000 Emergency Department Visits Annually Due to Asthma

May is Asthma Awareness Month

The New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH) reports uncontrolled asthma leads to nearly 8,000 emergency department visits every year, according to data collected and analyzed from Asthma Emergency Department Visits (2008-2016) by the NMDOH Epidemiology and Response Division (ERD).

During National Asthma Awareness Month this May, the NMDOH urges New Mexicans to learn about asthma control and the variety of approaches NMDOH and its partners deliver to help improve and sustain asthma control services throughout the state. 

“Wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and coughing are serious asthma symptoms,” said Department of Health Cabinet Secretary Kathy Kunkel. “Although asthma cannot be cured, it is possible to manage the disease by reducing and preventing asthma-related hospitalizations.”

The department’s ERD works to provide online public health information on asthma and air quality education for New Mexico communities in several ways:

For asthma related questions, please visit the Asthma Control Program.


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Departamento de Salud de Nuevo México Reporta Casi 8,000 Visitas Anuales a Departamentos de Emergencia Debido al Asma