Sickle Cell Not Just An African American Disease

Sickle Cell DseaseSickle cell disease(SCD) is an inherited red blood cell disorder affecting people of all races, not just African Americans. Although, 8 to 10 percent of African Americans carry sickle cell trait, 1 to 3 million Americans have this disorder.  It is more common in people of African descent, but the sickle cell trait can also affect Hispanics, South Asians, Caucasians from southern Europe, as well as people from Middle Eastern countries.

In sickle cell disease, healthy red blood cells are round, and they move through small blood vessels to carry oxygen to all parts of the body. In someone who has sickle cell disease, the red blood cells become hard and sticky and look like a C-shaped farm tool called a “sickle.” The sickle cells die early, which causes a constant shortage of red blood cells.  In order for someone to have sickle cell disease, they must have two genes that causes abnormal hemoglobin, people with sickle cell trait will only have one abnormal gene.

It can also cause pain.

Pain is the most common complication of SCD. When sickle cells travel through small blood vessels, they can get stuck and prevent blood flow and oxygen from reaching vital organs. This causes pain that can start suddenly, be mild to severe, and can last for any length of time.

More than 3 million people in the United States have sickle cell trait, meaning they carry the sickle cell gene that allows them potentially to pass the disease on to their children if their partner also has sickle cell trait. Worldwide, more that 100 million people carry sickle cell trait.

Thanks to newborn screening tests, all babies born in the United States are screened for abnormal hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen. These tests show if your baby has sickle cell trait, sickle cell disease, or any other abnormal hemoglobin.  Each year, 1,800 – 2,000 babies are born with sickle cell disease. About 90,000 to 100,000 Americans are living with sickle cell disease.

People with sickle cell disease can live full lives and enjoy most of the same activities as other people, but they often experience many health challenges and complications that can be life-threatening. If you have sickle cell disease, it’s important to learn how to stay as healthy as possible.

Download CDC’s “Living Well with Sickle Cell Disease Self-Care Toolkit” from our website to help you get started.

If you have questions about sickle cell disease or sickle cell trait:

Talk with your doctor and family to find out your sickle cell disease status.

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Get involved in local community activities to raise awareness and education

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Walmart’s First Automated Consolidation Center in Colton Hiring 200 Associates, Adding to More Than 400 Associates Hired Since July 2019

Facility Held Ribbon-Cutting to Celebrate Associates and Show World-Class

Logistics Technology to the Community

Colton, Calif. – Walmart plans to hire more than 200 associates by the end of the year for its first 340,000-square-foot automated consolidation center in Colton. The new hires will join the more than 400 associates that have already been hired at the facility located at 1600 Agua Mansa Road since it opened in July 2019. The full-time positions have a starting rate of $17.70 per hour. Walmart held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration today that was attended by members of the community, including Colton Mayor Frank J. Navarro.

“I am proud that Colton is home to the first-of-its-kind Walmart facility that is creating hundreds of great jobs in the area,” said Daniel A. Barrera, Walmart general manager for the Colton automated consolidation center. “Walmart’s investment in this facility shows our commitment to the community and highlights how we’re using advanced technology and innovation to benefit our suppliers, strengthen our supply chain and better serve our customers.”

During the ceremony, Walmart awarded $5,000 in grants to the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center Foundation and the Colton Parks & Recreation Foundation. Since beginning operations, the Colton Automation Consolidation Center has awarded more than $16,000 in grants to non-profit organizations in the community. The program concluded with tours of the facility, which features world-class logistics technology that make it the most efficient consolidation center in Walmart’s supply chain.

The Colton consolidation center is the first in Walmart’s supply chain to receive, sort and ship freight. At other consolidation centers, suppliers ship merchandise separately to each of Walmart’s 42 regional distribution centers, and each shipment is manually processed. With automated technology that scans products as they arrive, three to four times more volume can flow through the center. This helps Walmart deliver the right product to the right store, so customers can find the products they need.

“Our newest automated consolidation center in Colton is the next step in streamlining merchandise shipments with state-of-the-art technology that gets products into customers’ hands faster and more cost efficiently,” said Geno Bell, Walmart senior director of the consolidation center network. “This ribbon-cutting ceremony is an important milestone to recognize the incredible work our associates have done to get the facility up and running and show the community how we’re driving best-in-class supply chain right here in the Inland Empire.”

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