Relatively high infant mortality in US is due to number of preterm births, report says

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 09 November 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4633
  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. 1New York

    The United States ranks 30th in the world in terms of infant mortality, behind most European countries and Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, and Israel, says a report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (

    Singapore had the world’s lowest infant mortality rate, at 2.1 deaths per 1000 live births, show the data, from 2004 and 2005.

    The US has slipped over the past half century. The report says, “The United States’ international ranking in infant mortality fell from 12th in the world in 1960, to 23rd …

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