In the twin cities of Hildale and Colorado, located on the border of Arizona and Utah, traditionally home to a large community of fundamentalist Mormons, adherents of «Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day saints».
In recent years these small towns have moved into first place in the world in the number of carriers of a genetic disease – deficiency of fumarase, rare metabolic disorders. The disease is characterized by severe physical and mental retardation, writes Daily Mail.
According to experts, the reason for the rapid spread of this rare disease in the Mormon community is in a polygamous way of life, adopted in the enclave: the Mormons not only practice polygamy, but also try to produce as many children from different wives.
For the first time the diagnosis of «lack of fumarase» was delivered to the child from the Mormon community in 1990, Dr. Theodore, Tarbi. Tarbi was amazed the first time faced with a rare disease, however, after he began counseling kids from Colorado and Hildale, the doctor put the same diagnosis yet, at least eight patients, ranging in age from six years to 12 years.
The Mormon communities in the cities of Hildale and Colorado was founded by John Barlow and Joseph Smith Jessop, a breakaway from the Mormon cerkev in 1904, after she officially rejected polygamy. A carrier of the disease «lack of fumarase» was a Jessop, meanwhile, is still 75 to 80 percent of the community members are relatives of the founding fathers of the enclave.
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