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CDPH Kettleman City Birth Defects Study Finds Rates Going Down 

Date: 6/19/2012 

Number: 12-027 

Contact: Anita Gore, Heather Bourbeau (916) 440-7259 


California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director Dr. Ron Chapman today released an update to the 2010 report on birth defects in Kettleman City. The rates of birth defects in 2010 and 2011 appear to be returning to the rates seen prior to 2008, when there was an elevated birth defect rate. 

The study update shows a decline in birth defects,” said Chapman. “Although rates have been reduced to those seen prior to 2008, the state will continue to monitor birth defects in Kettleman City and Kings County.”  

CDPH analyzed information collected on infants born with birth defects from 2009-2011 in Kettleman City, Avenal, and five Central Valley counties (Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera and Tulare). These areas are nearby or surrounding Kettleman City and were chosen for comparison purposes. Findings include 
  • The rates of birth defects in Kettleman City are returning to the lower levels or rates seen before 2008.
  • The types and combinations of birth defects seen in Kettleman City did not differ from those typically found by other birth defects surveillance programs.
  • No patterns among the cases were found, suggesting that there was not a common underlying cause to the birth defects in Kettleman City.  

The results of the birth defects data analysis are available in the report released today in both Spanish and English. On June 19th, CDPH will provide an update of birth defects in Kettleman City in a public meeting from 6-9 pm at the Kettleman City Elementary School.


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