Today, the Environmental Health Journal released new findings on birth issues and connection to contaminated water aboard Camp Lejeune. Researchers conducted a cross-sectional study to evaluate associations between residential prenatal exposure to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune during 1968–1985 and preterm birth, small for gestational age (SGA), term low birth weight (TLBW), and mean birth weight deficit (MBW).
The purpose of this study is to determine if maternal exposures to contaminants in drinking water at Camp Lejeune were associated with preterm birth and fetal growth retardation as measured by reduced mean birth weight (MBW), term low birth weight (TLBW), and SGA. The current study improves upon previous studies. It is a re-analysis of a previous study that evaluated these adverse birth outcomes and exposure to VOC-contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune categorized simply as exposed versus unexposed. The current study used the results of extensive water modeling to estimate maternal exposures to mean monthly contaminant levels in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune which were unavailable during the previous study.
“Findings suggested associations between in utero exposures to TCE and small for gestational age (SGA), term low birth rate (TLBW) and reduced mean birth weight (MBW); benzene and TLBW; and PCE and preterm birth.”
Yet more evidence adding to the mountain of evidence released by ATSDR researchers this year alone that, in sum, overwhelmingly and definitively show contamination exposure links to health risks in every constituency, including in military, spouses, civilians and children…even in utero.
Click to Download the full version of the report from Environmental Health: Civilian Exposure CDC ATSDR Birth Study 11-21-2014