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QuickStats: Infant Mortality Rates* for 10 Leading Causes of Infant Death --- United States, 2005

* Per 100,000 live births.

Mortality data for 2005 are preliminary; the numbers of deaths attributed to certain causes might be underestimated.

The three leading causes of infant mortality (congenital malformations, disorders related to short gestation and low birthweight, and sudden infant death syndrome) accounted for approximately 43% of all infant deaths in the United States in 2005.

SOURCE: Kung HC, Hoyert DL, Xu JQ, Murphy, SL. E-stat deaths: preliminary data for 2005 health E-stats. Hyattsville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2007. Available at

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Date last reviewed: 10/25/2007




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