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Hay fever more prevalent in the south

According to new studies, children in the south are more likely to suffer from hay fever, which is most common in the fall and spring.

There are about 50 million Americans who suffer from this condition. Eighteen percent of these people are under the age of 17.

The southeastern part of the country has the highest rates of hay fever, while Alaska, Montana and Vermont have the lowest rates.

The fever produces symptoms that resemble a cold, such as sneezing, itchy eyes, runny nose, and sinus pressure. It is caused by allergies, not by a virus.

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