Good news on the infant mortality front: The death rate among children below the age 1 dropped again in Duval County, according to newly released 2010 data.
The death rate of 8 deaths per 1,000 live births is down from 8.4 in 2009, according to the Florida Department of Health. That was the first time the death rate had dropped below 9 in Duval since such statistics have been kept.
Interestingly, the racial gap narrowed in the new data. For years, rates have been falling among both whites and blacks, but the white rate has been dropping faster.
In 2010, the white rate actually jumped from 5.5 to 5.8. Meanwhile, the black rate went down a notch, from 12.4 to 11.1.
The overall infant death rate in Duval is still higher than the state average of 6.5, however.