The rate of infant deaths in the United States has improved, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a study released on Tuesday.

The infant mortality rate dropped 15 percent over the past decade, from a record high 6.86 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2005 to 5.82 in 2014, data show. While the new report indicates a promising development in the country’s public health, commentators say the United States has a long way to go to catch up to peer nations.

Across the country, a rising number of babies are living to their first birthday in most states – 33 states and Washington, D.C., to be exact – and the remaining 17 states saw no significant change, the reports said. The researchers of the study credited awareness and education programs with helping to reverse the trend.

Christopher Murray, Professor of Global Health and Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, was quoted in this article. 


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