The infant mortality rate in Ohio is among the worst in the nation and Ohio Health Department officials announced Tuesday they will help nine cities work to lower their rates during the next three years.
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Top causes of infant death in Ohio
Infant mortality by cause, 2007-09. Rate per 100,000 live births.
1. Prematurity and low birthweight … 149.7
2. Birth defects … 145.5
3. Sudden infant death syndrome … 57.6
4. Maternal complications of pregnancy … 50.3
5. Unintentional injury … 45.6
Source: National Center for Health Statistics