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Know Your Sickle Status

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source: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

year: N/A

summary/abstract:

Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) affects people of all different racial and ethnic backgrounds.

For this reason, in most U.S. hospitals, all babies are now screened at birth for Sickle Cell Disease.
Sickle Cell has origins in tropical areas of the world where malaria was common.
People with Sickle Cell Trait have an increased protection against malaria, which is spread by mosquitoes.

1 in 12 African Americans have Sickle Cell Trait.

1 in 100 Latinos have Sickle Cell Trait.

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