Originally Posted by jamescollister
HP are you saying that malaria is the cause of the disease over time, lots of malatria over this way and little SCE.
SE Asia has a very high level of Thalasemia. Close to 40%. For exactly the same reason sub-saharan Africa has, it confers some resistance to malaria. That's why Thai hospitals insist that pregnant women and their partners take blood tests for Thalasemia.