Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Graphic PHOTO:The Brazilian Ghost Town Where Almost Everyone Has To Live Indoor.Residents Suffer Facial Disorder If They See The Sun. .

Genetic condition: Djalma Jardin has just one that he can't close because he has Xeroderma Pigmentosum 
Araras in the state of Sao Paolo resembles a ghost town because most residents suffer from Xeroderma Pigmentosum (XP), which means their skin is unable to repair damage caused by ultraviolet light.
Of the 800 people in the village, 600 are affected by XP. Of those, 20 have full-blown symptoms and are susceptible to an aggressive form of skin cancer.

Brazilian villager Djalma Jardin had just one eye which he was unable to close and he spent his days indoors due to a rare genetic disorder
Mr Jardin's face was ravaged by the disease, leaving him with just one eye. He slept with a plaster over it because damage to his eyelid meant he couldn't close it.
'If I go out I feel the sun burning me,' he said. 'I go to bed and wake up the next day with a small spot, and then in a couple of days it's growing quickly, like the one I got in my eye which never stopped growing.

Following the interview, Mr Jardin's condition worsened and the illness sadly cost him his life.
His family has already lost another relative to the disorder and another of Mr Jardin's brothers and his sister Claudia are also affected by it.

Sao Paulo-based genetics biologist Dr Carlos Menck recognised the condition and was keen to know why it was so rampant in the village.
He said: 'We went to the area and tried to identify genetic mutations affecting the patients.
'Until not long ago, people believed it was a contagious disease, but it's an inherited disease.'
After running tests on all of the villagers, Dr Menck and his team discovered 600 of the 800 villagers were carrying a recessive XP gene.
It could be traced back to the families of three Portuguese settlers.
Dermatologist Sulamita Chaibub said: 'In Araras there is a concentration of people with the faulty gene who keep marrying each other, so the gene becomes dominant and the disease appears.'
There is no cure for XP but doctors have now warned villagers to stay out of the sun completely - and it is hoped this advice will save many lives.
Dr Menck said: 'It is not possible to cure them immediately. But I hope perhaps in the future, maybe in 20 or 30 years time.'

More Photo:
Deide pictured with store owner Gleice Machado, who was keen to find out what was causing the epidemic 

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