Monday, 12 November 2007

U.S. still has high infant death rate

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Although the infant mortality rate has dropped in a large way in the last 50 years, the U.S. still pales in comparison to other industrialized nations, and there are still significant differences in racial groups when it comes to the infant death rate as well.

According to a recent report by the CDC, seven babies died for every 1,000 born in 2004 (the latest year where stats were available), and before reaching the first birthday.

Although that figure is down from 26 deaths per 1,000 live births in 1960, it's odd that black babies died at a a rate of two-and-a-half times the infant mortality rate of white babies. Again, disparities in health care access are being suggested as the main reason for such a large spread.

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