Sickle Cell Disease in the United States

In the United States, SCD is most commonly found among African-Americans or persons of African descent; however,  people of all races and ethnicities can have SCD. About 1 in every 365 African-American babies in the United States is born with SCD; and worldwide, approximately 300,000 babies are born with SCD each year. As more people move from areas highly affected by SCD to the United States, schools will become more diverse and there is a higher  chance that teachers will encounter a student with SCD in their classrooms. As with any student with a chronic health condition, students with SCD may experience health problems during the school day.

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