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Update Shows Rate Of Birth Defect Remains High In Our Region

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A new update shows the rate of a rare birth defect continues to remain about four times higher than the national average in our region. A new update shows the rate of a rare birth defect continues to remain about four times higher than the national average in our region.
NBCRightNow.com - A new update shows the rate of a rare birth defect continues to remain about four times higher than the national average in our region.

The Washington State Department of Health released the information concerning anencephaly cases and is distributing it to Yakima, Benton and Franklin County health officials.

Women in our area who are childbearing age will start to get recommendations from their physicians to take folic acid daily, seek early prenatal care and to test any water from private wells annually for nitrates and bacteria.

Anencephaly is a neural tube defect that is mostly fatal when a baby's brain doesn't fully form. 
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