Marriage between cousins, is it safe?

Little master Raihanul Karim, 5 years old, arrived  at the

Health experts prohibit consanguineous marriage

chamber of Dr. Delwar Hossain, Professor and Head Department of dermatology and Venereology

USTC, Foy’s Lake, Pahartoli,  with the complaint of several sores and ulcers over terminal limbs, especially around trunk and mouth. These diseases become complicated when bacteria attacks and compel him endure much. At last, recovers with leaving behind blisters. His brother also had the same disease and experienced prior to the age of 7 years and died.  Like his brother, he’s undergoing a genetic disease called Epidermolysis Bullosa.

Another little master Elias Uddin, who’s 3 years old arrived here  with the complaint of rough, dark, ugly looking patch over trunk,  lower limbs and buttocks. He was a term baby. At delivery he was covered in a balloon like membrane and he really had problem in breathing. He was brought to Dhaka Shishu Hospital. He then remained alive but started to develop skin patch weeks after. Eventually, it was identified as Lamellar Ichthyosis, a genetic disease, usually seen in consanguineous marriage and clinically characterized by dry, rough, ugly looking skin. Currently, there is no treatment for it. His parents are cousins e.g. they have consanguineous marriage.

A couple of consanguineous marriage has to suffer a lot, and so it’s better to refrain from it or if there’s no way, then genetic counseling must be done at the time of pregnancy to avoid the risk of such terrifying situations.

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