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Infant mortality refers to the death of a baby before his or her first birthday.
The usual cause of death for babies that do not make it to their first birthday include:
•  Birth defects
•  Prematurity
•  SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)
•   Maternal complications of pregnancy
•  Injury
"Infant Mortality." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 12 Aug. 2014. Web. 23 July 2015.
Kane County
The gap/disparity reported among races/ethnicities in Kane County is significant. For 1997-2001, African American infant mortality (20.1) was three times higher than infant mortality for all Kane County babies (6.9). This mortality gap decreased by 2003-2007: twice as many African American babies died before their first birthday (12.2) compared to all babies in Kane County (5.7). This gap, though it has narrowed, is still an unacceptable disparity.
*Rate is measured by total infant deaths per 1,000 live births
Contact Info:
Rebecca Lyons, MPH
AOK Coordinator
Kane County Health Department
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