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Harlequin-Type Ichthyosis- Alien Baby

A very rare skin disease, Harlequin-type ichthyosis occurs when Keratin layer is thickened in fetal human skin. The baby born with this rare skin disease has massive scales on the body which might be reddish in colour. Eyes, ears, mouth and other parts may be contracted. Harlequin babies are at high risk of bacterial infection. The disease occurs with mutation in the protein gene.

In 2010, Harlequin baby was born in Gilgit Pakistan. The baby had blood red eyes and tiger stripes on his body. People started calling the baby, Alien baby.

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