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Rickets reported in Cardiff

25th July 2011

BBC Wales has reported that cases of the bone disorder rickets have been reported in south Cardiff by health workers.

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The disease, which is the result of a lack of vitamin D, causes deformed legs and growth defects. It largely died out in the UK in the last century.

She told the programme they were still seeing cases of rickets and people might be surprised as they thought of it as a "Victorian" disease.

"You get women living in certain communities that perhaps don't go out much because of religious, cultural traditions. They're covered up when they do. They don't get enough access to sunlight. So they get vitamin D deficient," she explained.

"Every pregnancy, you use up your vitamin D stores and if you're not making enough to replenish them, you gradually get more and more depleted.

"By your third or fourth child, that child is born already without enough vitamin D. So they'll be presenting with rickets at around 18 months."

Dr Webb added that poor communities and a lack of access to healthcare was part of the reason the disease was coming back.

Nathan Evans, co-ordinator of the Butetown Communities First project, said steps could be taken to stamp out the disease.

He added that better diet and lifestyle choices, along with promotion of where people can get vitamins, would help solve the problem. 

 

 

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Article Information

Title: Rickets reported in Cardiff
Author: Jess Laurence
Article Id: 19209
Date Added: 25th Jul 2011

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