The Associated Press
SANTA FE — The infant mortality rate in New Mexico has dropped significantly last year, but health officials said this week that the change is not rare.
The latest figures show a decrease from 6.9 infant deaths per 1,000 live births in 2012 to 5.4 in 2013, the state Department of Health said Tuesday.
“The infant mortality rate in New Mexico can vary substantially from year to year,” Health Secretary Retta Ward said in a news release. “Steep increases or decreases from year to year are not uncommon.”