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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), pp. 485-495. (doi:10.1111/j.1365-2141.1995.tb08353.x). (PMID:7734345).

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The archipelago of Vanuatu situated in the South-West Pacific has a high frequency of ?+ thalassaemia and additionally on some of the islands there is a high frequency of ? 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 ?+ 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.

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Published date: March 1995
Keywords: thalassaemia, blood counts, Vanuatu, malaria, epidemiology
Organisations: Cancer Sciences


Local EPrints ID: 182459
ISSN: 0007-1048
PURE UUID: ececb881-726f-40d1-a5bb-7a54a85b59c2

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Date deposited: 12 May 2011 08:46
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:57

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Author: M. Ganczakowski
Author: D. K. Bowden
Author: K. Maitland
Author: T. N. Williams
Author: D. O'Shaughnessy
Author: J. Viji
Author: Anneke Lucassen
Author: J. B. Clegg
Author: D. J. Weatherall

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