Maryland announces decline in infant mortality

Maryland officials are announcing that the infant mortality rate has dropped for a second year in a row.

State and local officials, including Gov. Martin O’Malley and Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, discussed last year’s decline at a news conference in Baltimore on Wednesday.

Maryland’s infant mortality rate has been above the national average.

In 2009, the rate dropped to 7.2 deaths per 1,000 births. That was a 10 percent reduction in the overall infant mortality rate, compared to the previous year. In 2010, the mortality rate dropped to 6.7 percent, a 7 percent decrease from 2009.