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Oklahoma Infant Mortality Rate Declines In 2012

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma's infant mortality rate is declining but remains above the national rate.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health said Tuesday that the state's infant mortality rate has declined from 8.6 per 1,000 live births in 2007 to 7.9 per 1,000 live births in 2012.

But the state's infant mortality rate remains above the national rate of 6.15 per 1,000 live births recorded in 2010. Suzanna Dooley, director of the agency's Maternal and Child Health Service, says about 90 fewer Oklahoma babies would die each year if the state matched the national rate.

Dr. Terry Cline, Oklahoma's health commissioner, says the decline in Oklahoma's infant mortality rate is good news. But Cline says there are still too many babies that do not live to see their first birthday.

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