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IthaMaps is a global epidemiology database of heamoglobinopathies, illustrating published data on a dynamic global to regional map. Country-specific information on haemoglobinopathy-related policies, prevalence, incidence and overall disease burden is given, including relative allele frequencies of specific globin mutations in each country and/or region, dynamically linked to corresponding IthaGenes entries.

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  General information for Mauritania

Continent: Africa
Capital: Nouakchott
Population: 3205060
Area (in sq km): 1030700.0

Haemoglobinopathy-specific healthcare policy information for Mauritania

Healthcare policyComment/InfoReference
SCD newborn screening: No
Rare disease patient registry: Nohttp://africa-rare.org/

  Prevalence and incidence of major haemoglobinopathies in Mauritania

Prevalence of β-thalassaemia carriers: 2.57 % of the population[PMID: 12107561]
Prevalence of sickle cell disease carriers: 8.71 % of the population[PMID: 12107561]
Prevalence of Hb C carriers: 3 % of the population[PMID: 12107561]
Incidence of sickle cell disease: 433 affected births/yearMedian value estimated using statistical model and demographic data.[PMID: 23103089]

Mutation frequencies in Mauritania

 Overview (most frequent mutations with their observed average values and range)


CD 24 GGT>GGA [Gly>Gly]: 13.3 %

 Detailed mutation frequencies

Entry IDLocusRegionEthnic GroupPopulation TypeSample SizeStudy period (from)Study period (to)ReferenceComments
21250β-locusNouakchottMauritanianCarriers15201526044735Frequencies are shown for beta-globin gene mutations. Study samples were acquired from the Universite des Sciences de Technologies et de Medicine, Nouakchott. The CD24 GGT>GGA mutation was found in two beta-thal carriers from two different sub-ethnic groups; the Pulhar and the Moors groups, both of Black origin.

  Organisations in Mauritania

Organisations in Mauritania are currently not available


1Elion, Jacques2017-10-17Information on SCD newborn screening reviewed.

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