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Maryland’s Infant Mortality Rate Drops Again

August 29th, 2011 by WCBC Radio

Maryland officials say the state’s infant mortality rate has dropped for a second year in a row to the lowest on record. State and local officials, including Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, Maryland’s Secretary of Health and Mental Hygiene, discussed last year’s decline at a recent news conference. WBAL reports Maryland’s infant mortality rate has been above the national average for many years. In 2009, the rate dropped to 7.2 deaths per 1,000 births. That was a 10 percent reduction in the overall infant mortality rate, compared to the previous year. In 2010, the mortality rate dropped to 6.7 percent, a 7 percent decrease from 2009. Dr Sharfstein attributes an awareness campaign targeted at young mothers as being a major factor in the declining numbers…

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