How common is it?

Due to the illusive nature of the illness, it is difficult to know the exact incidence of mitochondrial disease. Worldwide statistics have varied considerably over time, but conservatively, from recent Australian studies, about 1 in 250 people will carry a mitochondrial genetic defect – that equates to approximtely 90,000+ Australians.

Not all of these people will develop the illness, and many may develop subtle symptoms that go unnoticed during their lifetime… BUT the risk of developing serious illness in the general population is about 1 in 5,000. As we study the illness more and diagnose it better that incidence will rise.