Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New gov’t document lists ‘Fukushima release along west coast of US’ as possible factor in birth defect cluster

Washington State Department of Health (.pdf), June 16, 2014:
Anencephaly Cluster Investigation — Central Washington, 2010-2014 [CDC: Congenital anomaly resulting in babies missing parts of brain/skull... almost all die shortly after birth
Environmental Exposure Hypotheses considered by DOH: [...] Radiation from Fukushima release 
Radiation from Fukushima: [...] No reported increase in anencephaly after Fukushima release along west coast of US

In 2011, Washington had its highest levels ever recorded (1992-2012) for:

Total fetal deaths — 20% above 2010, record high 
Deaths via congenital abnormalities (such as anencephaly) – 60% above 2010, record high 
Deaths via complications of placenta, etc. — 20% above 2010, record high 
Levels returned to historical norms in 2012

See also: Reporters in Japan write about rise in birth defects for 2011 — University won’t publish data on malformed babies after many years of doing so; Not releasing figures for Fukushima, other prefectures

And: MD: Infant deaths up for Canada’s west coast after Fukushima (VIDEO)

Related:  CNN: “Horrible medical mystery… alarming rate of birth defects” in Washington — Babies missing parts of brain, skull — Mother outraged at gov’t — Nurse: “It’s very scary… absolutely something going on...”

Ed. - According to a paper published in the Open Journal of Pediatrics by the Radiation and Health Project, "Fukushima fallout appeared to affect all areas of the United States, and was especially large in some, mostly in the western part of the nation." Birth defects involving the thyroid have been reported in newborns subsequent to the Fukushima accident, and surveillance of an increased risk for breast cancer in young women exposed to the nuclear fallout over the next ten years is therefore warranted.

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