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Incidence of β-Thalassaemia Trait among Cypriots in London

Br Med J 1972; 3 doi: (Published 23 September 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;3:737
  1. C. B. Modell,
  2. A. Benson,
  3. C. R. Payling Wright


    The incidence of β-thalassaemia trait among Cypriots in London is about 14%, and the birth rate of children with thalassaemia major is 0·6%. The high incidence of the β-thalassaemia gene among Cypriots suggests the desirability of screening Cypriot school-leavers for thalassaemia trait and following up any incidentally discovered cases with family studies and genetic counselling.