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Texas and Texas A&M University Investigating Birth Defect Cluster

According to the Associated Press, State health officials and Texas A&M University are investigating babies born with Trisomy 18 in the Bryan-College Station area.  According to the report, a cluster of infants born with this usually fatal birth defect has been recognized by the Department of State Health Services. 

The Bryan-College Station Eagle newspaper reports that five families in less than 2 years have conceived children with trisomy 18.  Four of the five children died before their first birthdays.  According to the Department of State Health Services, Brazos County had eight trisomy 18 cases reported in the previous ten years. 

So far, no reason for the increase in number of babies born with these defects has been verified.  However, some families believe that a July 2009 fire at the El Dorado Chemical Co. may have exposed families to potentially dangerous substances.  According to the paper, John Carver, vice president of El Dorado Chemical, stated the company will have an independent researcher look at the data and that the company is taking the matter seriously. 

The experienced birth defect lawyers at Jackson Allen Williams, LLP help families like those in Brazos County seek justice for their children born with defects due to dangerous drugs and chemicals.  If you had a child born with a serious birth defect,  contact our office today for a free consultation.

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