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US Infant Mortality Decreases but Still Ranks High Worldwide

JAMA. 2013;309(20):2089. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.5621.
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After significant decreases throughout the 20th century, the US infant mortality rate plateaued from 2000 to 2005 and now is declining again. However, the US infant mortality rate still ranks 27th among the 34 countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

In a National Center for Health Statistics brief, researchers report that the nation's infant mortality rate hovered around 6.9 infant deaths per 1000 live births between 2000 and 2005. Since then the rate has dropped 12%, to 6.05 infant deaths per 1000 live births. The decrease was highest among black women, 16%, and lowest among Hispanic women, 9%.

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