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Genetic Disease Hits Kashmir Village

A genetic disease that causes deafness and dumbness has hit a remote village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district. All the victims belong to Gujjar community. //

Health and Medical Education Minister Mangat Ram Sharma told the state assembly Thursday that at least 72 cases of the disease have surfaced in Gandoh area. "All the victims are deaf and dumb. New born babies are also affected by the disease" - He added.

The minister said the number is likely to increase, as the newborn babies are also deaf and dumb.

The village falls in Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad's Bhaderwah constituency. The minister said the government is unable to do much as the health studies have found it incurable.

A team of doctors would be deputed to the area to conduct a fresh study, he added.

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