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Health Agencies Update
November 26, 2008

Infant Mortality

JAMA. 2008;300(20):2359. doi:10.1001/jama.2008.642

The United States continues to lag behind other industrialized countries in reducing infant death rates, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in October (http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db09.htm).

The data indicate that the US infant mortality rate remained unchanged between 2000 and 2005 at about 7 infant deaths per 1000 live births. This plateau represents the first sustained period during which there was no decline in US infant mortality since the 1950s, according to the CDC. In 2004, the United States ranked 29th compared with other nations, falling well behind other industrialized countries such as Japan and Sweden, where infant death rates were below 3.5 per 1000.

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