St. Louis Public Radio News
3:47 pm
Fri November 22, 2002

Infant Mortality at All-Time Low in Illinois

Springfield, IL – Illinois' infant mortality rate is at a new low.

New figures show there were 7.5 deaths per every 1,000 births in 2001. That's a drop of nearly 10% from 2000.

Last year, a total of 1,379 babies died before age one; the lowest number on record. Since 1990 the infant mortality rate has dropped 30% in Illinois.

Missouri's rate is slightly higher, at eight deaths per 1,000 births.