Infant mortality rates fall in state

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KHI News Service

ATLANTA, Ga. — The number of babies who died before their first birthday in the U.S. has dropped 10.5 percent since 2005, according to a report released  by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Kansas is among the states where the infant mortality rate dropped the most, falling 15.6 percent between 2005 and 2011.

In 2010, 6.22 Kansas babies died per 1,000 lives births. In 2005, the rate was 7.37 per 1,000.

Of the nearly 40,000 Kansas  births in 2011 , 247 died according to data released by the state in October.

Dr. Dennis Cooley — who leads a panel charged with finding ways to lower Kansas’ infant mortality rate — said then that the new numbers were encouraging, but more remained to be done.

“I think this is encouraging, but we still see the disparities along racial and ethnic lines,” Cooley said.

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