Defectos de Nacimiento
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Welcome to the Florida Birth Defects Registry

Every 4.5 minutes, a baby is born with a birth defect. Major birth defects are conditions present at birth that cause structural changes in one or more parts of the body. They can have a serious, adverse effect on health, development, or functional ability. The possible association between environmental contaminants and human health problems is an important concern throughout Florida.

The Florida Birth Defects Registry (FBDR) is a statewide, population-based surveillance system that has identified birth defects in children born in Florida since 1999. The FBDR is operated by the Florida Department of Health, Division of Disease Control and Health Protection, Bureau of Epidemiology.

Public Health Importance

  • In 2010, more than 11,000 infants were born with major structural or genetic birth defects in Florida. In the U.S., one in 33 babies is born with a birth defect affecting about 120,000 babies each year.
  • Birth defects are one of the leading causes of death in children less than one year of age - causing one in every five deaths.
  • Effects of birth defects can range from mild to severe and can result in debilitating illness, long-term disability or death.
  • Defects of the heart are the most common kind of birth defect and cause most of the hospitalizations.
  • During 2004, hospital costs in the U.S. for birth defects totaled $2.6 billion dollars and accounted for more than 139,000 hospitalizations.
  • Causes of most birth defects are unknown.
  • Floridians are concerned about the possible association between birth defects and environmental contamination.

Information presented does not constitute medical diagnosis or health care advice. Please see a healthcare professional for individual information.