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Infant mortality rate hits record low in Memphis

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Associated Press

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The infant mortality rate in Memphis has hit a record low, marking an important milestone in the city's fight to improve a key measure of its overall health.

The health department in Shelby County, which includes Memphis, reported Monday that 8.2 babies out of every 1,000 live births died before their first birthday in 2015. That's the lowest rate on record.

It also represents a drop from 9.6 in 2014, and a significant reduction from 2003, when the rate was nearly 15 baby deaths per 1,000 live births.

Factors that put babies at risk in their first year include premature births, low birth weights, birth defects and accidents.

Infant mortality rates among non-Hispanic blacks was 10.6 babies per 1,000 live births in 2015, down from 12.4 percent in each of the prior two years.

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