Saturday, January 22, 2022

Panel: N Carolina child death rate largely unchanged in 2015

— North Carolina’s child death rate was essentially flat in 2015 compared to the year before, even as a recently higher youth suicide rate fell.

The state’s Child Fatality Task Force released Tuesday data showing roughly 58 deaths per 100,000 children, which was slightly higher compared to 2014. More than 1,300 children died last year.

The death rate of children under 5 years old — comprising most of the child deaths — increased by 5 percent.

The number of youth suicides had doubled from 2010 to 2014 but fell last year to 35 overall. The recent increase has led the task force to look closely at prevention efforts.

The panel makes legislative recommendations to the General Assembly. The child death rate has fallen 46 percent since the panel began in 1991.

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