A new study is out on the rate of infant mortality and it doesn’t look good.
According to data from the Indiana Department of Health, Sullivan County ranks 11th highest for infant mortality in Indiana, while Vigo County comes in at 33rd.
The study counts children who fail to make it to their first birthday.
Clay was tied with Putnam, Hancock and Howard for 47th on the list. The rates are the average for 2001-2010; included are 65 counties with 20 or more infant deaths for the 10 combined years. Parke and Vermillion counties were not included because data is not considered reliable.
Smoking, obesity, drug abuse, lack of prenatal care — leading to low birth weight and premature births — are some of the main reasons for the higher death rate in our area.