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What is Causing the High Rate of Fatal Birth Defects in Washington?

What is Causing the High Rate of Fatal Birth Defects in Washington?

In August of 2012, Sara Barron alerted the Washington State Department of Health of an unusual situation at Prosser Memorial Hospital in the farm town of Prosser, Washington. A veteran nurse, Barron was in charge of infection control and quality assurance at the hospital when she noticed there had been two babies born with the birth defect of anencephaly in a six month period. When she discussed this with another doctor at the hospital, which averages 30 births per month, the doctor informed her that another baby with the defect was to be born soon.

Anencephaly is a serious birth defect in which a baby is born without parts of the brain and skull. It is a type of neural tube defect (NTD) that happens during the first month of pregnancy, usually before a woman knows she is pregnant. In normal development, “as the neural tube forms and closes, it helps form the baby’s brain and skull (upper part of the neural tube), spinal cord, and back bones (lower part of the neural tube). Anencephaly happens if the upper part of the neural tube does not close all the way,  often resulting in a baby being born without the front part of the brain (forebrain) and the thinking and coordinating part of the brain (cerebrum). The remaining parts of the brain are often not covered by bone or skin.”

Almost all babies with the defect die shortly after birth.

In her more than 30 year career, Barron had only seen one or two cases of anencephaly. When she later attended a regional medical conference, she started hearing about more cases, in addition to the three at her hospital. It was then she realized there was a problem and she notified the state health department.

An investigation discovered that in 2012, there were 12 births with the defec. The investigation was expanded, and as of September 2013, 23 babies with anencephaly had been born since 2010 in the small three county area. Four were born with another neural tube defect (NTD), spina bifida. This means that for every 10,000 births, 8 were born with anencephaly, four times the national average of 2 for every 10,000. This just includes births as there could have been more NTD pregnancies that were terminated once the defect had been discovered.

It was obvious there was a cluster of defects. The question was, why?

In February 2013, a case study was done by reviewing the records and backgrounds of the women that had the 27 NTD pregnancies and compared them with another randomly selected 108 pregnant women from the same time period. They examined everything from where the women worked, where they were treated, lived, age, smoking habits, and even economic and educational factors. They also looked at race as there is a high migrant farm worker population in the area.

In a report published by the Centers for Disease Control in September 2013, they noted that, “No statistically significant differences were identified between cases and controls, and a clear cause of the elevated prevalence of anencephaly was not determined.”

Previous research has shown that low intake of folic acid before pregnancy and during the early stages of pregnancy increases the risk of NTD. Since 1996, the United States has required manufacturers to enrich grains such as rice and those used in cereal with folic acid to help increase the amount childbearing aged women received. Since that time, there has been a 27 percent decrease in the number of NTD pregnancies. Other studies have shown a 50-75 percent decrease in NTD pregnancies with the use of folic acid supplements.

With no clear indication of the cause of the cluster, the Washington State Health Department is stepping up efforts to have doctors educate their patients of the importance of folic acid for women prior to and during pregnancy. In addition, they are monitoring the nitrates concentration in private wells, as they are known to cause health issues and deplete the amount of folic acid in the body. The affected area is a farming community and nitrates are found in fertilizer.

The CDC continued to monitor the situation throughout 2013 and will issue an updated report in the spring.

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6:30AM PDT on Apr 6, 2014

Prosser is also not that far from Hanford, the largest nuclear waste dump in the U.S. Hmmmm?????

8:17AM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

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6:10AM PDT on Mar 25, 2014

Chlorine used in the paper industry has been linked to neural tube defects. Apparently there is a paper industry near Prosser.

10:53PM PDT on Mar 16, 2014

LOOK UP PEOPLE-its called GEOENGINEERING-SUN DIMMING-SOLAR RADIATION MANAGEMENT-CHEMICAL TRAILS-when you see a plane spraying you-you SHOULD KNOW the government is NOT spraying you will LOLLY POP SUGAR-you are ALL BEING SPRAYED WITH aluminum,barium(rat poison),strontium,copper,lead,arsenic,tin,molds,virus's....) - look up the side effects of all these heavy metals- THESE ARE ALL BEING PSRAYED in the atmosphere and you,your children & grand children are BREATHING IN THE NANO PARTICLES WITH EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE. EVERY SINGLE GOVERNMENT AGENCY IS HUSH HUSH ON THIS YOU ARE BEING SPRAYED FOR GODS SAKE WAKE TF UP-everything i am telling you is REFERENCABLE-LOOK IT UP & LOOK UP & SEE THE PLANES SPRAYING YOU.DO YOU TRUST YOUR GOVERNMENT???? HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF & HISTORY HAS PROVEN THAT GOVERNMENTS TEST ON THEIR POPULATIONS SPECIALLY THE US GOVERNMENT - FOR GODS SAKE WAKE UP PEOPLE BEFORE ITS TOO LATE

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10:28AM PDT on Mar 15, 2014

Sad.

10:56PM PST on Mar 6, 2014

This news is scary.

7:42PM PST on Mar 6, 2014

Rebecca S. living beside busy city streets & freeways can

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8:06AM PST on Mar 6, 2014

You think country living is clean what a joke!!

7:37AM PST on Mar 5, 2014

Birth Defect Research for Children sponsors The National Birth Defect Registry, a birth defect research and data collection project designed through collaboration with a team of scientists. Registry data have been used to assist communities in finding common factors for clusters of birth defects. To learn more go to www.birthdefects.org/registry

8:00PM PST on Mar 4, 2014

About 20 to 25 years ago this was happening to the babies born to the Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe near Tokeland, Washington. It is a horrific thing to happen. At the time it was thought to be fertilizers on the cranberry bogs causing it. If the same products are still being used and they have caused this in the past it is unconscionable for the manufacturer.

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