The 2017 hurricane season was the worst on record, according to a new report.
The Associated Press reports that the seasonal allergy season caused 1.3 million more food allergies than in 2016.
More than half of the year’s food allergy cases occurred in New York City and the state’s largest cities, New York and New Jersey, according the report.
Amber Rios, executive director of the New York State Coalition Against Food Allergies, says the state is on track to have 1.4 million food allergies by March 2020.
“That’s one-third of the population in New Jersey.
We have one of the largest numbers of seasonal allergies in the nation,” Rios told ABC News.
It’s hard to overstate the impact of the storm season on food allergies.
It can be devastating for people who are struggling with their chronic conditions, including asthma, celiac disease and hayfever, and who can’t access the medicines they need to control their symptoms.
Rios said she and her team are hoping to work with lawmakers to help them pass a bill that would allow people to get supplemental medicine for the allergy symptoms they’re experiencing.
The New York Post reported that some state lawmakers are trying to change the law, which would require people with seasonal allergies to receive additional prescription medication if they’re unable to take prescribed medications.
The bill is being considered by the Senate Health Committee, but it is expected to be stalled.