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Rise in Yakima County Birth Defects

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YAKIMA, Wash. -The Yakima Health District says they have seen a rise in a rare birth defect.

Anencephaly is a fatal condition where a baby's brain doesn't form correctly.  The State Health Department says there is usually one case in Yakima County a year. However, there were eight in 2012. 

Pregnant women can reduce the risk of anencephaly by taking a daily prenatal vitamin that includes folic acid.