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El Paso could be lowering Texas' infant mortality average, study says

The study comes from The University of Texas System and UT Health Northeast and suggests that Texas is so large that it’s possible to hide the fact that some of our cities have high infant mortality rates.

A study released Thursday says that while the infant mortality rate in Texas is below the national average, that may be an illusion.

The study comes from The University of Texas System and UT Health Northeast and suggests that Texas is so large that it’s possible to hide the fact that some of our cities have high infant mortality rates.

For example, it shows that one neighborhood in San Antonio, ZIP code 78203, has a rate of 16 deaths per 1,000 births.

For perspective, the national average is 5.9 deaths and the state’s is 5.7.

El Paso, though, seems to be one of the counties that is lowering the state’s average. The most recent numbers show the Borderland’s rate was 4.6 deaths per 1,000 births.

Healthy Paso Del Norte says El Paso County is in the best 50th percentile in Texas.

The study says that Hispanic mothers had the lowest rates in the state and that infant mortality is not genetic, but rather affected by other community factors.

March of Dimes told the Texas Tribune that state and national governments can help reduce the social causes of infant mortality rates, mostly by offering prenatal care and progesterone shots.

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