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What is Anaphylaxis?


If you are living with the risk of anaphylaxis, it is sometimes difficult to keep things in perspective. In 2001, Anaphylaxis Canada examined deaths from anaphylaxis in Ontario between 1986-2000 in order to help people answer questions about potential dangers and learn lessons that would help to keep at risk people safe. Try our Food Anaphylaxis True / False Quiz*! Write down True or False for each of the questions below, and find out how much you really know about Anaphylaxis. You may be surprised by some of the answers.



  1. Food allergy deaths in Ontario are on the rise.

  2. People rarely die from food-induced anaphylaxis in their own homes.

  3. Food allergic people are dying in Ontario because of poor food labeling.

  4. Anaphylaxis deaths in restaurants are usually due to cross-contamination.

  5. People who experience "mild" reactions to peanuts, tree nuts or shrimp, will probably never have a fatal reaction.

  6. Most food allergic people who die from anaphylaxis are not carrying epinephrine at the time of death because they are non-compliant.

  7. There have been severe reactions and even deaths on airlines following exposure to peanut dust or trace peanut protein residue on seats.

  8. Simply the smell of peanut butter can trigger a severe or even fatal reaction.

  9. During the study period - 1986 to 2000 - children continued to die from anaphylaxis in Ontario schools and camps.

  10. The first sign of food allergy is often a fatal allergic reaction.
Click here for the Answers to the Food Anaphylaxis True / False Quiz

*Based on Anaphylaxis Canada's recently completed study: A Study of 32 Food-Induced Anaphylaxis Deaths in Ontario; 1986-2000.

Last date modified on Wednesday, October 8, 2003

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