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2005 Hurricanes to Blame for Significant Increase in Louisiana Stillbirths

A new entry in The New York Times’ Well blog reports, “Hurricanes Katrina and Rita significantly increased the number of stillbirths in the Louisiana parishes most affected by the storms.” New research suggests that “The 2005 hurricanes resulted in almost 2,000 deaths of children and adults, but researchers have concluded that as many as 205 excess fetal deaths should be added to the toll in the six hardest hit parishes.” Data suggest that “between 117 and 205 stillbirths in the six most severely affected parishes could be attributed to distress caused by the storms — an estimated 17.4 to 30.6 percent of all storm-related deaths in those areas.”

Read it in The New York Times’ Well blog.