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No Common Factors Found in Birth Defect Cases Around Central Washington

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Multiple cases of birth defects are popping up around Central Washington, and health experts can't find a reason why. Multiple cases of birth defects are popping up around Central Washington, and health experts can't find a reason why.

ELLENSBURG, WA - Multiple cases of birth defects are popping up around Central Washington, and health experts can't find a reason why.

Local health experts said the Department of Health has been investigating and can't find any common factors linking these birth defect cases.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been nearly two dozen neural tube defect cases in Yakima, Benton and Franklin counties over the past three years. That's a rate four times the national average.

Andrea Jackman said 19 weeks into her pregnancy, she learned her baby would have a neural tube defect called Spina Bifida.

"Right now it doesn't appear that she possesses the muscles to push her feet down, which will be a problem with walking," said Jackman. "She'll more than likely have to have leg braces to keep her upright."

Health officials said having low folic acid can increase the risk of pregnancies resulting in neural tube defects. You can raise your intake of folic acid by taking a daily vitamin that you can purchase at your local pharmacy.

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