Neural tube defects in Jamaica following Hurricane Gilbert.

  title={Neural tube defects in Jamaica following Hurricane Gilbert.},
  author={Edith Marilyn Duff and E S Cooper},
  journal={American journal of public health},
  volume={84 3},
An increased incidence of obvious live-birth neural tube defects (i.e., spina bifida cystica and encephalocele) occurred in Jamaica 11 to 18 months after Hurricane Gilbert. The conceptions of the affected babies coincided with a rise in megaloblastic change in sickle cell patients, suggesting a wide-spread drop in dietary folate intake. A detailed history was taken from each of the 17 affected mothers (case subjects) and 51 unaffected mothers (matched control subjects). The case subjects… CONTINUE READING

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