SEVERE allergic reactions like the one that killed tragic Jack Burden account for 20 deaths a year, it was revealed today.
Bosses at the charity, Anaphylaxis Campaign have expressed their condolences to the 18-year-old’s family.
Jack, from South Shields, was on the adventure in Tanzania with his classmates from Harton Technology College when he suffered a severe allergic reaction on Tuesday.
Despite receiving immediate first aid, he could not be resuscitated.
He has been in the East African country with expedition company True Adventure, working to build sports facilities for a local school.
Lynne Regent, chief executive of the charity, the only one in the UK supporting people with severe allergies and anaphylaxis, said she was saddened to hear about Jack’s tragic death.
She said: “The Anaphylaxis Campaign maintains that anaphylaxis is a severe, but manageable condition. Events like this, although tragic, are extremely rare. Of the millions affected by severe allergies, there are around 20 deaths per year.
“Allergic individuals can dramatically reduce their risk by having proper management plans in place for their condition, always carrying two adrenaline auto-injectors with them at all times and knowing how and when to use them.
“Our thoughts are with the Burden family and all Jack’s friends at this sad time.
“If you are affected by this issue or concerned in any way, please visit our website www.anaphylaxis.org.uk or contact the Anaphylaxis Campaign helpline team on 01252 542029 or firstname.lastname@example.org.”