Director of the Iranian Genetics Society says the birth of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome has almost stopped across the country.
“Over the past few years, only one baby was born with Down syndrome in 700 to 1,000 births in Iran,” Mahmoud Tavallaei said, noting that the syndrome has been completely controlled in the country.
He described it as a great success, and said it has been achieved by promoting public awareness, pre-natal diagnostic tests, and the use of scientific accomplishments.
Down syndrome affects the child’s learning abilities in addition to causing problems for growth, he noted.
“The probability of this syndrome in boys is greater than in girls. The most important factor is the age of mothers. It means the older the mother is, the greater is the risk.”
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