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Nationwide probe launched into arm deformities among newborns

France has launched a nationwide probe into incidents of babies being born with either missing or malformed arms after abnormal rates of deformations were detected in several regions of the country, a top public health official said Wednesday.

Francois Bourdillon, head of the Public Health France agency, told RTL radio that the probe was “underway” and the results would be known “in about three months.”

A relatively small number of cases have been detected so far — about 25 over the past 15 years in the regions of Brittany, Loire-Atlantique and Ain — but the defects have caused public alarm and have been widely reported by the French media.

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