On any given day
in the United States...
10,657 babies are born
3,890,000/yr: US Census Bureau
1 of these babies is HIV positive.
5/100,000: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
2 of these babies are born with Spina Bifida.
20/100,000: Center for Disease Control and Prevention
3 of these babies are born with Muscular Dystrophy.
1 in 3,200: Muscular Dystrophy Association
10 of these babies are born with Down Syndrome.
1/1,000: Center for Disease Control
20 of these babies are born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome.
19.5 per 10,000: Natl Org. of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
100 of these babies are born with Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder. 1/100: Teratology 1997 Nov;56(5):317-26
The comprehensive lifetime cost of just one baby with FAS could be as much as $5 million. FAS Community Resource Center
The cost to American taxpayers for Fetal Alcohol Syndrome is estimated to be over $5 million a day. $1.9 billion/year: National Institute on Drug Abuse
As noted by the Institute of Medicine's 1996 Report to Congress on FAS: "These incidence figures are offered not as established facts but to emphasize the magnitude of a problem that has serious implications - for the individual and for society. " From the Executive Summary of the IOM Report.