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Maternal hurricane exposure and fetal distress risk.
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PMID:  20626684     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Logistic regression and spatial analytic techniques are used to model fetal distress risk as a function of maternal exposure to Hurricane Andrew. First, monthly time series compare the proportion of infants born distressed in hurricane affected and unaffected areas. Second, resident births are analyzed in Miami-Dade and Broward counties, before, during, and after Hurricane Andrew. Third, resident births are analyzed in all Florida locales with 100,000 or more persons, comparing exposed and unexposed gravid females. Fourth, resident births are analyzed along Hurricane Andrew's path from southern Florida to northeast Mississippi. Results show that fetal distress risk increases significantly with maternal exposure to Hurricane Andrew in second and third trimesters, adjusting for known risk factors. Distress risk also correlates with the destructive path of Hurricane Andrew, with higher incidences of fetal distress found in areas of highest exposure intensity. Hurricane exposed African-American mothers were more likely to birth distressed infants. The policy implications of in utero costs of natural disaster exposure are discussed.
Sammy Zahran; Jeffrey G Snodgrass; Lori Peek; Stephan Weiler
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Risk analysis : an official publication of the Society for Risk Analysis     Volume:  30     ISSN:  1539-6924     ISO Abbreviation:  Risk Anal.     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-02     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8109978     Medline TA:  Risk Anal     Country:  United States    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1590-601     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2010 Society for Risk Analysis.
Center for Disaster and Risk Analysis, Department of Sociology,School of Global Environmental Sustainability, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1784, USA.
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