Food anaphylaxis fatalities rarer than accidental deaths

A meta-analysis of data from 13 studies suggested food anaphylaxis in a food-allergic person was rarer than accidental death in the general population, the authors said.

They estimated a fatal food anaphylaxis incidence rate of 1.8 per million person-years, with a rate of 3.25/million for children and teens.

Given many people with food allergy live restricted lives out of fear of having a fatal reaction, the study findings provided a realistic assessment of the risk, although food labelling and allergen avoidance remained important, they said