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Notice to Readers: Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month ---
Sickle cell disease is a genetic blood disorder that most commonly affects persons whose ancestors come from
Africa, South or Central America (especially Panama), Caribbean islands, Mediterranean countries (e.g., Turkey, Greece,
Italy), India, and Saudi Arabia (1). Approximately 70,000 persons in the United States (primarily black or
Hispanic) have sickle cell disease. In addition, approximately 2 million persons have sickle cell trait and can have children
with sickle cell trait or sickle cell disease
September is Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month. In recognition, CDC is sponsoring activities to increase awareness
and knowledge of the disease, including three public science seminars in September.
Additional information about sickle cell disease and the science seminars is available at
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