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