Prevalence and Incidence of COFS syndrome
COFS syndrome: Rare Disease
COFS syndrome is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of
Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health
(NIH). This means that COFS syndrome, or a subtype of COFS 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 COFS syndrome as a "rare disease".
More information about COFS syndrome is available from Orphanet
About prevalence and incidence statistics:
The term 'prevalence' of COFS syndrome usually refers to the estimated population
of people who are managing COFS syndrome at any given time.
The term 'incidence' of COFS syndrome refers to the annual diagnosis rate,
or the number of new cases of COFS 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.