Birth defects such as congenital malformations, deformations, and chromosomal abnormalities are leading causes of infant deaths. Disorders related to short gestation and LBW are second.
Fetuses and young children may be particularly susceptible to harmful effects of environmental contaminants. Many environmental contaminants are likely toxic during pregnancy. Several contaminants cross the placenta and make their way into the circulatory (blood) system of the developing fetus. However, specific health effects identified after a common exposure are often not well understood for years.
Five Year aggregate data is used to reduce the presence of suppressed values due to small numbers. The data can be displayed at the county level, and includes stabilization of rates to better evaluate trends.
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