Ohio in­fant deaths dip; blacks’ rise

The Columbus Dispatch - - Front Page - By Cather­ine Can­disky

Ohio has recorded a small de­crease in the num­ber of in­fants who died be­fore their first birth­day, to 982 in 2017 from 1,024 the pre­vi­ous year.

But there is a trou­bling trend: While deaths of white in­fants dropped by 60 last year, deaths among black in­fants rose by 15, ac­cord­ing to a re­port re­leased Thurs­day by the Ohio Depart­ment of Health.

Over­all, black in­fants died at nearly three times the rate of white in­fants.

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