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The Ohio Connections for Children with Special Needs (OCCSN) system is Ohio’s birth defects surveillance system. Initiated in early 2004, OCCSN collects birth defects information on babies and children from birth to age five. Birth defects or congenital anomalies are one of the leading causes of infant death in the United States and account for approximately 19 percent of infant deaths in Ohio. Nationally, birth defects are a major cause of morbidity and mortality throughout childhood. Approximately three percent of babies are born with a birth defect. In Ohio, this is approximately 4,500 babies each year.

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Ohio Revised Code (Section 3705.30) 

Ohio Administrative Code Chapter 3701-57

Surveillance: Reportable Conditions and Reporting Methods

Ohio Partners to Birth Defects Prevention 

Genetic Section

Annual Report

Mailing Address:
Ohio Connections for Children with Special Needs (OCCSN)
246 N. High Street
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Telephone: 614.728.2427
Fax:  614.564.2504

Last Reviewed:  07/02/2018