What’s with Ireland and Multiple Sclerosis?

The Rate of MS in Ireland (.25%) is almost twice that of the U.S. (.13%) and the U.K. (.14%).

Why?

I ask this in honor of National MS Education and Awareness Month (March), MS Awareness Week (March 13-17), Irish-American Heritage Month (March) and of St. Patrick’s Day (March 17) coming soon.

Thanks to tree map visualization by Many-Eyes, we can see the percentage of population with MS by over 60 countries including Ireland. Data was obtained from Multiple Sclerosis International Federation and CIA Worldbook.




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