Thalassaemia in Vanuatu, South-West Pacific: frequency and haematological phenotypes in young children


Ganczakowski, M., Bowden, D. K., Maitland, K., Williams, T. N., O'Shaughnessy, D., Viji, J., Lucassen, Anneke, Clegg, J. B. and Weatherall, D. J. (1995) Thalassaemia in Vanuatu, South-West Pacific: frequency and haematological phenotypes in young children. British Journal of Haematology, 89, (3), 485-495. (doi:10.1111/(ISSN)1365-2141). (PMID:7734345).

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The archipelago of Vanuatu situated in the South-West Pacific has a high frequency of α+ thalassaemia and additionally on some of the islands there is a high frequency of β thalassaemia. As part of a large cohort study to investigate the clinical effect of thalassaemia on malaria on the islands of Espiritu Santo and Maewo in Vanuatu, the gene frequencies of the thalassaemias were determined and blood counts were performed on a cohort of infants from birth to 3 years. The haematological phenotypes of the different thalassaemic genotypes are compared, providing a detailed description of the clinical manifestations of α+ thalassaemia during early development. In addition, crosssectional surveys of the population of the two islands were performed to establish the frequency of thalassaemia and other red cell polymorphisms and their geographical distribution.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0007-1048 (print)
1365-2141 (electronic)
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Keywords: thalassaemia, blood counts, Vanuatu, malaria, epidemiology
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0254 Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology (including Cancer)
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Medicine > Cancer Sciences
ePrint ID: 182459
Date Deposited: 12 May 2011 08:46
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:35
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/182459

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