CDC: Infant mortality numbers miss goals as racial disparities continue

06/10/2005 | MSNBC

As of 2002, no states in the U.S. had achieved the government's goal for infant mortality deaths of 4.5 deaths per 1,000 live births and the overall rate would need to drop by 36% to meet a 2010 goal, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. The infant mortality rates are even greater for blacks and American Indian communities, and the study suggests such racial disparities need to be addressed if the goal is to be reached.

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