HAVANA.-  (ACN) Allergy, an immunological disease, considered one of the epidemics of the 21st century, affects 45% of the adolescent and young adult population in Cuba, studies show.

 In a conversation with the Cuban News Agency, Dr. Mirta Álvarez Castelló, President of the Cuban Society of Allergy, Asthma, and Clinical Immunology, said they carried out two surveys to identify the magnitude of risk factors for non-transmittable diseases, and to estimate the prevalence of asthma and other allergies, showed the high cost that they represent for society.

 Álvarez Castelló is the president of the organizing committee of the XIV Central American and Caribbean Congress of Allergy, V Iberoamerican Meeting and IX National Congress of Allergy, which will be held at the Havana´s Convention Center October 4-7.

 Integrating sciences for a future without allergy, is the motto of the event, in which Cuban and foreign specialists will exchange experiences and knowledge, in order to promote the development of the specialty in countries of the region.

 Microbiologists, immunologists, dermatologists, pediatricians, clinicians, otorhinolaryngologists, speech therapists and cardiologists will go deeper to improve diagnosis, treatment and control of these diseases, which are accompanied by a significant economic and social burden, she said.

 Among the themes of the event are the epidemiology of allergic diseases; aeroallergens and air quality; mechanisms of allergic inflammation; basic and clinical immunology; Rhinitis, Sinusitis and allergic eye diseases and education and quality of life in these diseases.

Also included are respiratory allergy; food; occupational; to medicines; allergic dermatoses; pharmacological advances in allergy treatment; immunotherapy and new vaccines; climate change and allergic diseases; Traditional and complementary medicine; emotions and health and nanomedicine in that field.

In Cuba Alergia 2017 will also be held seven pre-congress courses and there will be an exhibition fair in which research centers, institutions and specialized firms will show their results, materials, equipment, literature and others, related to the themes of the event , Álvarez Castelló said.