Michigan Official Faces Key Hearing In Flint Water Crisis

Michigan Official Faces Key Hearing In Flint Water Crisis

Michigan Official Faces Key Hearing In Flint Water Crisis

The study found fetal deaths increased by 58 percent in Flint since April 2014.

More than 2,000 babies born in Flint in 2014 and 2015 were exposed to lead. Male fetuses are more fragile, according to other studies.

Daniel Grossman and David Slusky, economics professors at the University of Kansas, released a working paper comparing birth and fetal death rates in Flint against other cities in MI.

Utilizing other MI urban communities for correlation, the combine took a gander at ripeness and fetal passing rates in Flint previously, then after the fact the city's water ended up plainly tainted with lead.

More than five milligrams of lead in a woman's blood can have adverse effects on her her, her fertility, and, if she is or becomes pregnant, her baby.

"I believe the Flint water crisis, the lead in the water, caused me to have my miscarriages in 2015", Wakes said.

Also, Google data mentioned in their study showed that searches by Flint residents for "lead" and "lead poisoning" didn't increase until September 2015.

Dr Grossman calls this a "pretty substantial" difference.

Flint neglected to treat its water accurately subsequent to changing its water source to the Flint River in 2014.

Subsequent testing by Flint authorities and outside agencies turned up lead levels that in some cases were dozens or hundreds times higher than the Environmental Protection Agency's safety threshold.

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The city has been under a state of emergency, and people there are using filters and bottled water.

The harmful effects of lead exposure on children's health are well-documented. Residents immediately began complaining about the odor and appearance of the water, but well into 2015 the city was still assuring residents that the water was safe to drink.

The study looked at women of childbearing age and the number of births to calculate each city's birth rates.

These children are more likely to have been premature, underweight, and are at risk for developmental delays and brain, kidney and nervous system issues.

Goggins' packed courtroom, Zervos explained that according to the state's public health criteria, Legionnaires' must only be listed as a cause of death of a person if they die from contracting the bacteria during hospitalization or 30 days after being discharged.

Numbers documenting them do not include other, earlier miscarriages, or those that occur outside of a hospital, so they don't provide a complete picture of fetal death rates.

A recent report by Virginia Tech's Marc Edwards uncovered that fetal demise rates ascended as much as 63 percent in the District of Columbia after treatment changes spiked the city's water with lead in 2001. Dr Grossman says that this is a 'large increase, based on a small base'.

What they found was "a substantial decrease in fertility rates in Flint for births conceived around October 2013, which persisted through the end of 2015".

Research from both Slusky and Grossman also revealed "that the sex ratio of babies born in Flint skewed slightly more female following the water change", and "Babies born in Flint were also almost 150 grams lighter than in other areas, were born a half-week earlier and gained 5 grams per week less than babies in other areas examined over the time period".

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