Disease Clusters Found in Some Calif. Communities

Environmental groups say disease clusters are on the rise and the government needs to do more about it. In a report released Monday, the Natural Resources Defense Council and the National Disease Cluster Alliance highlighted 44 communities in 13 states with higher than ordinary numbers of birth defects, cancer and other illnesses. They cited eight communities in California, including Kettleman City, where residents have expressed concern over high levels of birth defects. “We think this is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Sarah Janssen, a senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council. “It’s not that there are only eight clusters in California. There are probably more.”
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