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With the estimates demonstrating high possibilities for normal hemoglobin levels for the child, the decision of returning to Senegal is highly advised against. It should be known that carrying at least
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one of the HbS allele protects an individual from becoming ill from the Malaria disease that is highly contained in the wet and mosquito-infested areas found in Senegal. However, the heterozygous (HbS/HbA) hemoglobin cells that become infected with the malaria protozoa sickle from the parasites’ acidic waste products (Peters, 2018). This is a survival advantage for heterozygotes that is protected from both malaria and sickle cell anemia- a case called “heterozygote advantage”. Additio nal tests will be made if one copy of the sickle cell is found from the evaluations. In addition, a consultation is recommended with my team and I to determine further information or complication. Should there be any questions or concerns regarding any information, please feel free to call our office. Si ncerely, Julia na Rivera Ge netics Counselor
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  • Fall '19
  • Genetics, Sickle-cell disease, Heterozygote advantage

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