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L.A. County death rate drops 22%

Aug 5, 2010 3:00:00 AM - latimes.com
Despite high number of uninsured, chronic illnesses claimed fewer people from 1998 to 2007, report finds. Among ethnic groups, Asians had the lowest death rate, while blacks had the highest.

Los Angeles County's death rate has dropped significantly in recent years, according to a report released this week by the county's Department of Public Health. The drop, 22% countywide from 1998 to 2007, came as fewer county residents died from many chronic illnesses. Still, significant disparities persist among racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups.

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