Panama has the third-highest number of cases of pediatric asthma among countries in Latin America, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
The study, which was based on data from the Panamanian National Hospital and National Center for Public Health Research (PNHP), analyzed data from 2015 and 2016, respectively.
The authors note that the study does not necessarily indicate that parents are more likely to be exposed to the virus in Panama than in other countries.
The country has an estimated 6.3 million people with asthma, and its rate of asthma prevalence was 11.3 percent in 2016.
According to the study, asthma prevalence rates were higher among the country’s poorer neighborhoods, where the majority of the population lives, and among the poorest rural areas.
The findings highlight the need for parents to consider the health consequences of travel to and from the country.
The survey found that one in five adults in Panama has asthma, while almost half of adults with asthma in Panama live in the country, with a median age of 30.
The prevalence of asthma was highest among the children, with 30.9 percent of children, and 13.2 percent of adults, reporting having asthma.
“This finding is important because it provides important data to help us understand the magnitude of the impact of travel in the Panama area on the lives of children,” study author and PNHP researcher Ana Paula Buitrao said in a statement.
The new study also shows that asthma rates are rising across Latin America.
In the United States, the number of children with asthma doubled from 2016 to 2017, to 1.2 million.
In Argentina, asthma was up from 2015 to 2016, and asthma prevalence increased from 1.6 percent to 2.4 percent.
In Panama, the new study found that prevalence of respiratory symptoms in the 2015-2016 survey was 2.6 percentage points higher than the prevalence in 2016, but the rates for 2015-2017 are now at 2.2 and 2.5 percent respectively.
In all, the study found asthma prevalence of 1.4 per 100,000 people in Panama.
A study published this week in the journal Pediatrics showed that asthma prevalence in the U.S. increased by nearly 10 percent between 2010 and 2015, and that the prevalence increased even more dramatically in Panama, where it increased by more than 50 percent.
It also found that the number and rate of cases have increased in the United Kingdom and other European countries as well.
In 2016, Panama was ranked number two in the world for cases of asthma and the number one in the Americas, with 1.3 cases per 100 people.