Prevalence and Incidence of Mehes syndrome
Mehes syndrome: Rare Disease
Mehes syndrome is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of
Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH). This means that Mehes syndrome, or a subtype of Mehes syndrome,
affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Ophanet, who are a consortium of European partners,
currently defines a condition rare when if affects 1 person per 2,000.
They list Mehes syndrome as a "rare disease".
More information about Mehes syndrome is available from Orphanet
About prevalence and incidence statistics:
The term 'prevalence' of Mehes syndrome usually refers to the estimated population
of people who are managing Mehes syndrome at any given time.
The term 'incidence' of Mehes syndrome refers to the annual diagnosis rate,
or the number of new cases of Mehes syndrome diagnosed each year.
Hence, these two statistics types can differ:
a short-lived disease like flu can have high annual incidence but low prevalence,
but a life-long disease like diabetes has a low annual incidence but high prevalence.
For more information see about prevalence and incidence statistics.