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Risk of food allergy death 'rare'

People who suffer from food allergies are more likely to be murdered than to die from an allergic reaction, experts have said.

For any person with a food allergy the chance of dying from anaphylaxis – a life-threatening allergic reaction – is 1.81 in a million, researchers from Imperial College London said.

And for those under the age of 19 the risk is 3.25 in a million, according to their study, published in the journal Clinical and Experimental Allergy.

By comparison, the risk of being murdered in Europe is 11 in a million, they added.

After examining data from 13 studies on allergies, the researchers found that a person's risk of dying after a severe reaction is "rare".

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