Prevalence and Incidence of Microcephaly


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About prevalence and incidence statistics: The term 'prevalence' of Microcephaly usually refers to the estimated population of people who are managing Microcephaly at any given time. The term 'incidence' of Microcephaly refers to the annual diagnosis rate, or the number of new cases of Microcephaly diagnosed each year. Hence, these two statistics types can differ: a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence, but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence. For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.

Prevalance of Microcephaly: rare
Incidence (annual) of Microcephaly: 1.02 per 10,000 births in the UK 2002 for microcephaly (University of Ulster, 2003)
Incidence Rate: approx 1 in 9,803 or 0.01% or 27,743 people in USA [about data]

Incidence statistics about Microcephaly: The following statistics relate to the incidence of Microcephaly:

  • 2 infants were born alive with microcephaly in the UK 2002 (University of Ulster, 2003)
  • 0 fetal deaths or still births occurred due to microcephaly in the UK 2002 (University of Ulster, 2003)
  • 1 cases of induced abortions occurred following prenatal diagnosis of microcephaly in the UK 2002 (University of Ulster, 2003)
  • Microcephaly occurred in 1.02 per 10,000 births in the UK 2002 (University of Ulster, 2003)

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