North Carolina’s infant morality rate declined in 2009 to the lowest level on record.
The state Department of Health and Human Services said Friday there were 7.9 deaths for every 1,000 live births in 2009, compared to 8.2 deaths the year before. The rate has improved by more than 35 percent since the late 1980s.
The mortality report showed the number of deaths attributed to sudden infant death syndrome fell from 136 children under 1 year old in 2008 to 98 last year. SIDS deaths went up sharply in 2008 but Tom Vitaglione with the North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force said there’s still no explanation why.
The mortality rate among infants identified as minorities rose last year.