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35% Spike in Infant Mortality Caused by Fukushima Nuclear Fallout?

American babies are dying at an increased rate. The recent CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report indicates that eight cities in the northwest U.S. (Boise ID, Seattle WA, Portland OR, plus the northern California cities of Santa Cruz, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Jose, and Berkeley) reported the following data on deaths among those younger than one year of age:
37 deaths (whereas avg. is 9.25 per week) 4 weeks ending March 19, 2011
125 deaths (whereas avg. is 12.5 per week) 10 weeks ending May 28, 2011

This amounts to an increase of 35% (compared to about 2.3% rise across the entire U.S.), and is statistically significant. Of further significance is that those dates include the four weeks before and the ten weeks after the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster in Japan.

Spewing from the Fukushima reactor are radioactive isotopes including those of iodine (I-131), strontium (Sr-90) and cesium (Cs-134 and Cs-137) all of which are taken up in food and water. Iodine is concentrated in the thyroid, Sr-90 in bones and teeth and Cs-134 and Cs-137 in soft tissues, including the heart. The unborn and babies are more vulnerable because the cells are rapidly dividing and the delivered dose is proportionally larger than that delivered to an adult.

Data from Chernobyl, which exploded 25 years ago, clearly shows increased numbers of sick and weak newborns and increased numbers of deaths in the unborn and newborns, especially soon after the meltdown. These occurred in Europe as well as the former Soviet Union.

As of June 5, 2011, The Japan Times reported that radiation in the No. 1 plant was measured at 4,000 milliseverts per hour. To put that in perspective, a worker would receive a maximal “permissible” dose in 4 minutes.

In addition there are over 40,000 tons of radioactive water under that reactor with more radioactivity escaping into the air and sea. Fuel rods are believed to have melted and sunk to the bottom of reactors 1, 2, and 3.

[Excerpt of CounterPunch article by Janette D. Sherman, M. D. and Joseph Mangano, epidemiologist]

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2 Responses to “35% Spike in Infant Mortality Caused by Fukushima Nuclear Fallout?”

  1. In the interest of science I made my own chart, using the same source data as the authors of the study. I included all data for 2011 (not just the most recent 14 weeks) and more cities. Here’s the result:
    http://imgur.com/PvPRL

    Please note I am NOT supporting nuclear power – just honest science. I am a physics student in Victoria and am not worried at all about radiation fallout affecting my health.

    See the data for yourself first-hand:
    http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/

    They publish weekly reports and you can go back through 30 years of data

  2. […] deaths in the 17 weeks after the Chernobyl meltdown in 1986. Most of the deaths occurred among U.S. infants under age one. The 2010-2011 increase for infant deaths in the spring was 1.8 percent, compared to a decrease of […]


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