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Rare disease affects Navajo children at high rate


An extremely rare disease afflicts Navajo children at an unusually high rate.

One in every 2,500 Navajo children are diagnosed with severe combined immune deficiency, or SCID. In comparison, 1 in 100,000 children in the general population have the disease, which renders a child's immune system virtually useless.

Lorria Trujillo's daughter was 6 months old when she died of SCID-related conditions. Her 9-year-old daughter also suffers from the disease.

The disease is inherited. Researchers found the same gene mutation in every Navajo and Apache child with SCID.

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Rare disease forces Navajo parents to cope as a cure is sought (AP 12/16)

Relevant Links:
SCID Homepage - http://www.scid.net