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Unexplained infant deaths continue slight decline

ONS publishes statistical bulletin for 2010

The Office for National Statistics has published a statistical bulletin relating to unexplained infant deaths in England and Wales in 2010.

Although the rate of unexplained infant deaths has not changed significantly since 2009 (0.40 deaths per 1,000 live births), the ONS says that the fall from 0.50 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2005 is statistically significant.

The key points of the bulletin are:

The report includes both sudden infant deaths and deaths for which the cause remained unascertained after a full investigation.