The Washington State Department of Health will hold two public forums this week to discuss a rare birth defect popping up in our area.
YAKIMA, WA - The Washington State Department of Health will hold two public forums this week to discuss a rare birth defect popping up in our area.
Anencephaly is a rare birth defect that's gained a lot of notice in our region these past few months and now the state health department is stepping in to educate our community about it.
It is a defect in which a baby's brain and skull does not fully form during the first months of pregnancy.
This is the fourth year in which the tri-county area has had neural tube birth defect rates well above the national average so the health department came in to see if there were any environmental factors contributing to this.
Now the state wants to hear your concerns about the high rates of anencephaly in Benton, Franklin, and Yakima counties.
There will be a couple of meetings this week to talk about the defect.
The first public forum is Tuesday at the Sunnyside Community Center.
The second will be Wednesday at the Benton-Franklin Health District Office in Kennewick.
the meetings run from 6:00pm to 8:00pm both nights.