12 October 1999
Farm animals may help allergies

CHILDREN in regular contact with farm animals are less likely to develop allergies, notably asthma, later in life, says new research.

The study in Austria on over 1000 children, showed those living on farms were three times less sensitive to hay fever than non-rural children.

In the case of asthma, the ratio was even more pronounced.

Tested carried out after the children had regular contact with cattle or poultry showed the ratio lessening substantially.