Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited chronic disease that primarily affects the lungs and digestive system of about 1,300 children and adults in the Ireland (70,000 worldwide). A defective gene and its protein product cause the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs which can lead to life-threatening lung infections and obstructs the pancreas, preventing natural enzymes from helping the body break down and absorb food.
CF Ireland have produced an infograph to help explain Cystic Fibrosis and highlight the prevalence in Ireland. This infograph was created for people who have little or no knowledge of cystic fibrosis to help them understand the condition. Whether it be to children, siblings, classes, colleagues or employers we hope this one page will help answer the main questions which arise around cystic fibrosis.