Rare Semi tropical skin disease

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Brazilian villagers suffer from rare skin disease that worsens in tropical sun

Eraldo Peres / The Associated Press
May 5, 2014 09:03 PM

In this March 3, 2014 photo, residents gather for a night of play pool in the Araras community of Brazil's Goias state.11e231a8bc094141a4cefcd221e.jpg Tucked into the sunbaked rolling hills of Brazil's midwest, Araras is home to what is thought to be the largest single group of people suffering from a rare inherited skin disease known as xeroderma pigmentosum, or "XP." (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Dr. Sulamita Chaibub assists Djalma Antonio Jardim, who has a rare inherited skin disease known as xeroderma pigmentosum, or "XP, " at the Hospital Geral de Goias in Goiania, Goias state, Brazil. Both of Jardim's parents were carriers of the gene that causes the disease, largely ensuring that he would have it.c7ff2de8bd3e45d3a3c68619a47.jpg Photograph By Eraldo Peres, The Associated Press

Dr. Sulamita Chaibub assists Djalma Antonio Jardim who has a rare inherited skin disease known as xeroderma pigmentosum, or "XP" at the Hospital Geral de Goias in Goiania, Goias state, Brazil. "I was always exposed to the sun, working, planting and harvesting rice and caring for the cows, " said Jardim. "As the years passed my condition got worse." Photograph By Eraldo Peres, The Associated Press

Rafael Freire de Andrade, 8, who suffers from a rare inherited skin disease known as xeroderma pigmentosum, or "XP, " rides his bike that has a cardboard box to shade himself from th sun, in the Araras community of Brazil's Goias state. Those with the disease are extremely sensitive to ultraviolet rays from sunlight and highly susceptible to skin cancers. ThatÕs a particularly vexing burden in Araras, a tropical farming community where outdoor work is vital for survival. Photograph By Eraldo Peres, The Associated Press

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