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Trends in infant mortality in the United States, 2005-2014
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    Data from the National Vital Statistics System

    • In 2014, infant mortality rates for the United States reached new lows for Hispanic, non-Hispanic white, non- Hispanic black, and Asian or Pacific Islander populations.

    • From 2005 through 2014, declines in infant mortality rates were observed for all race and Hispanic-origin subgroups except among American Indian or Alaska Native persons. The largest declines were among infants of Asian or Pacific Islander (21%) and non- Hispanic black (20%) women.

    • Declines were observed from 2005–2007 to 2012–2014 for all Hispanic subgroups. The largest declines occurred among infants of Cuban (19%) and Puerto Rican (17%) women.

    • From 2005 through 2014, the infant mortality rate for sudden infant death syndrome declined 29%, which was the largest decline observed among the top five leading causes of infant death.

    Suggested citation: Mathews TJ, Driscoll AK. Trends in infant mortality in the United States, 2005–2014. NCHS data brief, no 279. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2017.


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