17 May 2019

Removing school carpets to lessen allergy triggers for children

From First Up, 5:46 am on 17 May 2019

New research shows one in four classrooms have high enough levels of cat allergen to trigger respiratory symptoms in children with an allergy. As part of the He Kura Asthma Study, researchers vacuumed dust from 136 classrooms in 12 primary schools in Wellington and Whanganui, and analysed them for allergens from cats, cockroaches, horses, cows, dustmites and peanuts. The lead author Associate Professor Rob Siebers spoke to reporter Ruth Hill about the findings.