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BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 28 October 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2317

Singapore has lowest infant mortality: The US infant mortality rate of 6.9 deaths per 1000 live births in 2004 placed it 29th in the world, worse than Cuba and Hungary, and tied with Poland and Slovakia, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported. Singapore performed the best, with 2.0 deaths for every 1000 live births, followed by Hong Kong (2.5) and Japan (2.8). Scotland was 21st with an infant mortality rate of 4.9, England and Wales 23rd with 5.0, and Northern Ireland 25th with …

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