Albinism in Puerto Rico

“HPS” …. Hermansky-Pudlak Syndrome. Check it out!

Repeating Islands


In “¿Por qué hay tantos albinos en Puerto Rico?” Alejandro Millán Valencia (BBC Mundo) asks why there is a high prevalence of albinism on the island. He also speaks about the particularities of albinism, as well as the stereotypes and stigma attached to albinos in Puerto Rico. The article includes photos by Colombian photographer Adriana Monsalve.  Here are a few excerpts:

In the north of Puerto Rico, one out of every 2,000 people is living with a time bomb in the chest. Over 30 years ago, they did not know and just collapsed on the floor and died suffocated on the burning roads leading to Aguadilla or Moca. Now they know the cause: the area has the higher prevalence of albinism in the world. And of a type that makes the vast majority of albinos suffer, at some point in their lives, from pulmonary fibrosis: the Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome…

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About Dr. Rex

I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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