South Carolina Starts Birth Defects Program

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Birth Defects

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control and the March of Dimes announce the launch of the South Carolina Birth Defects Program.

Birth defects affect 1 in every 33 babies born in the United States each year. They are the leading cause of infant death in South Carolina and a primary contributor to long-term disabilities. Major birth defects are found in 3 percent of live born infants, 15-20 percent of stillborn infants, and by age five years, 4-5 percent of children will be found to have major anomalies.

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