Birth defects are generally referred to as abnormalities of structure, function or metabolism (body chemistry) present at birth that result in physical or mental disabilities, or death.
| ||Every 4 1/2 minutes a baby is born with a birth defect in the United States.|
| ||In 2010, birth defects accounted for about 1 in 4 infant deaths in Fresno city.|
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National Center for Health Statistics, period linked birth/infant death data.
Annual number of birth defects based on estimates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Retrieved September 17, 2014, from www.marchofdimes.org/peristats.