Alabama sees slight decline in infant mortality

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama has tied its lowest infant mortality rate, matching a mark set in 2018 for babies dying before their first birthday.

But the state figure remained significantly above the national rate in 2020. The Alabama Department of Public Health said in a news release that the 2020 infant mortality rate was 7 deaths per 1,000 live births.

The provisional U.S. rate was estimated at 5.5 per 1,000. Alabama’s infant mortality rate in 2020 remained twice as high for Black infants, at 10.9, compared to 5.2 for white infants.

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12/19/2021 10:46:43 AM (GMT -6:00)

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