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Female Infants At Risk From Filipino Typhoons

Francesca Bessey |
November 22, 2013 | 12:00 p.m. PST

Executive Producer

In the aftermath of Super Typhoon Haiyan, we'd like to think the worst is over.

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But long-term economic hardship from household and infrastructure damage introduces entirely new risks for the Filipino population, risks that, according to the findings of a recent report published in CNN, place female infants in particular danger.

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Economic and health data collected from 1979 to 2008 on the effect of typhoons on Filipino households reveal a disproportionately high mortality rate for baby girls up to two years after a major typhoon hits.

Researchers posit that "economic deaths," resulting from how families choose to allocate their resources in response to economic difficulty, explain the mortality spike. Such "economic deaths" are 15 times greater than typhoon exposure deaths for female Filipiino babies.


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