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Multiple allergy sufferers rise

14th April 2009

Dedicated allergy clinics in the UK have told the BBC that they are seeing a noticeable increase in the number of patients coming to them with multiple allergies.

Clinics in Birmingham, Cambridge, Cardiff, Liverpool and London confirmed the increase. Dr Jonathan North, a consultant immunologist in Birmingham, said: "We used to say that 15% of the population had an allergy of some sort, now the figure is nearer 40%. As well as the well-documented increase in prevalence, the proportion of complex/multiple allergy cases is increasing."

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