Published: May 10, 2013 7:41 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Infant mortality rates have fallen to a historic low in Florida.
    
Department of Health officials announced Friday that infant mortality rates decreased from 6.4 in 2011 to 6.0 in 2012 per 1,000 live births.
    
Black infant mortality rates also decreased from 12.0 in 2011 to 10.7 in 2012, marking another historic decrease.  Infant mortality rates for whites remained the same during that time and decreased just slightly for Hispanics.
    
State Surgeon General and Secretary of Health Dr. John Armstrong attributed the decrease to local and state partnerships connecting pregnant women to prenatal care and encouraging parent education.

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