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High frequency of beta thalassaemia in a small island population in Melanesia.

Abstract:

A study of the causes of anaemia in the south west Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu has identified one island, Maewo, where the carrier rate for beta thalassaemia exceeds 20%, one of the highest recorded incidences in the world. Homozygous beta thalassaemia is a major cause of infant mortality and a serious drain on health resources on this island. Interactions of beta thalassaemia with various forms of alpha + thalassaemia were common in this population. Coexistent alpha + thalassaemia leads t...

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10.1136/jmg.24.6.357

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Bowden, DK More by this author
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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MSD, Clinical Medicine, Jenner Institute, Biomedical Research Centre
Weatherall, DJ More by this author
Journal:
Journal of medical genetics
Volume:
24
Issue:
6
Pages:
357-361
Publication date:
1987-06-05
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EISSN:
1468-6244
ISSN:
0022-2593
URN:
uuid:a4ba9fe1-7730-4e0b-8381-1857d2ee52f4
Source identifiers:
95412
Local pid:
pubs:95412

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