Birth defects rise in China – AFP

From the AFP:

A rising incidence of birth defects in some parts of China is being attributed to environmental , unhealthy lifestyles and poor nutrition.

The trend has led some experts to debate the reintroduction of compulsory pre-marital health checks which were scrapped in 2003, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Figures released by two populous provinces in advance of the publication of national figures by the Ministry of Health(卫生部) next week show alarming rises in the number of birth defects, according to Xinhua. [Full Text]

Background on “Basic Facts About Birth Defects” in China from CDC.

And from the People’s Daily: “China Strives to Control High Congenital Birth Defect Rate.”

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