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Prevalence of Sickle Cell Disease among Newborns in St Vincent and the Grenadines: A Retrospective Study

This is a retrospective study to determine the prevalence of sickle cell disease among lives births in St Vincent and the Grenadines. The results of this study indicate a birth prevalence that is similar to the published data from the other Caribbean Islands.


Objective: In the United States of America (USA), sickle cell disease (SCD) occurs in 1:375 African-American births. However, published data from the Caribbean have revealed higher numbers for some Caribbean islands. St Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) is a multi-island nation in the Caribbean, and there are currently no data on the incidence or prevalence of the disease in this population. The objective of this study was to obtain birth prevalence estimates for SCD in SVG.

07 Jan, 2016
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e-Published: 08 Mar, 2016
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