OTTAWA - Infant mortality rates are up for the first time in Canada since 1982, according to new numbers released by Statistics Canada Tuesday.
The infant mortality rate rose slightly from 2006 to 2007, up to 5.1 from 5.0 per 1,000 live births, a 6.2% increase from 2006 to 2007.
That’s the first increase in the infant mortality rate since 1982, when the rate was at 9.1 infant deaths per 1,000 live births. Boy and girl death rates increased at the same rate.
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