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Xeroderma Pigmentosum Suddenly Arises on Navajo Reservation


January 12, 2018

A rare disorder, characterized by some authorities as genetic, has abruptly surfaced on the sprawling Navajo Reservation in the Southwest – now officially known as the Navajo Nation. The very uncommon disease is Xeroderma Pigmentosum or XP. It is an extremely rare illness, affecting some populations more than others, with a much higher incidence among the Navajo population than in the U.S. as a whole.

To give some perspective, the incidence is one in a million in the wider population, but on the Navajo Reservation it is an incredible one in 30,000. Further, it appears to afflict only Navajo children.


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