AfriGeneas States Research Forum
[IN] Infant Mortality Soars
African-American infant death rate soars in the county
African-American babies were four times more likely to die in the first year of life than white infants in 2003, a new county health report card shows.
While the 23 African-American infant deaths remained a relatively small number, county health officials are at a loss to explain the disparity.
Health Officer Frances B. Phillips told the County Council on Monday that she isn't sure if the 66 percent jump from 2002 was a one-year aberration or a more troubling trend.
"It's going to take a lot of investigation," she said. "We want to make sure we're looking at an adequate number."