Battling an entrenched infant mortality problem in Memphis - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Battling an entrenched infant mortality problem in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - Memphis continues to struggle with infant mortality rates that in some neighborhoods exceed those in Third World countries.

The most recent federal report on the issue put the city at the top of the list for infant deaths in American cities: 692 dead babies over a four-year span, a rate of more than 15 deaths for every 1,000 births.

That's more than twice the U.S. average. Some health officials object to the characterization because the figures are small enough to call their statistical significance into question.

But no one denies that there is an epidemic in Memphis. Officials and community groups say they are working to curb the problem.

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