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YEREVAN, JUNE 29. ARMINFO. Over 30,000 people in Armenia suffer from Familial Mediterranean Fever and each 3rd Armenian bears the FMF gene, says the director of the FMF program, employee of the Republican Children’s Center of FMF Gayane Amaryan.

This disease is typical of Armenians, Jews, Arabs – that is nations who have lived in the Mediterranean Sea area for centuries. Amaryan says that the center is in fact the regional clinic of the CIS countries. Freely treated and tested here are children under 18 from both Armenia and abroad (the US, Georgia, Russia). The expense are covered by the Howard Karagyozyan Medical Benevolent Foundation.

The only effective medicine used for already 30 years is kolchicine. This medicine improves a patient’s health condition and most importantly prevents renal deficiency. The center is also testing some other herbs. Amaryan says that the most important thing is to timely detect the disease. Usually the disease show up at 3 but sometimes even earlier.

Amaryan says that most of the foreign patients are of Armenian origin. She refutes the opinion that a change of climate can bring about some improvement. The disease can be inherited from parents that’s why it can be found among other nations too. The FMF was first described in early XX but its gene (MEFV) was detected only in 1997.

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