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You may have heard about Kimberly Fugate, who thought she was carrying triplets. However, when she gave birth, doctors found a fourth child!  A doctor at the Mississippi hospital said the odds of spontaneous quadruplets are 1 in 729,000. But in the Fugates' case, the odds are even smaller because their girls split from a single egg-- meaning the siblings are identical.

How many quadruplet births happened in the United States in 2012?
1. 76
2. 176
3. 276



The answer is 3. 276

The odds of quadruplet births are high, but it does happen. The website for the Centers for Disease Control, which keeps track of multiple births, says there were 276 quadruplet births in 2012. The website says that compares to 4,598 triplets, and 45 quintuplets and higher order multiple births. The CDC's study shows the rate of triplet and higher-order multiple births actually dropped 9% to 124.4 per 100,000 total births.

 
 
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