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A society’s infant mortality rate is an accepted indicator of that society’s general health status. Even though in some localities in the United States the rate is higher than in many developing countries, in the United States overall the rate has been steadily declining. This decline does not necessarily indicate, however, that babies in the United States are now, on the average, healthier at birth than they were in the past.

Which one of the following reasons, if true, most strongly supports the claim made above about the implications of the decline?

(A) The figure for infant mortality is compiled as an overall rate and thus masks deficiencies in particular localities.
(B) Low birth weight is a contributing factor in more than half of the infant deaths in the United States.
(C) The United States has been developing and has achieved extremely sophisticated technology for saving premature and low-birth-weight babies, most of whom require extended hospital stays.
(D) In eleven states of the United States, the infant mortality rate declined last year.
(E) Babies who do not receive adequate attention from a caregiver fail to thrive and so they gain weight slowly.
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C IMO.
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A society’s infant mortality rate is an accepted indicator of that society’s general health status. Even though in some localities in the United States the rate is higher than in many developing countries, in the United States overall the rate has been steadily declining. This decline does not necessarily indicate, however, that babies in the United States are now, on the average, healthier at birth than they were in the past.

Which one of the following reasons, if true, most strongly supports the claim made above about the implications of the decline?

(A) The figure for infant mortality is compiled as an overall rate and thus masks deficiencies in particular localities.
---> It doesn't tell the implications of decline. As per this sentence, the figure is compiled by some x formula but in past also same formula may have been used.
(B) Low birth weight is a contributing factor in more than half of the infant deaths in the United States.
---> So what? Out of scope.
(C) The United States has been developing and has achieved extremely sophisticated technology for saving premature and low-birth-weight babies, most of whom require extended hospital stays.
--> This tells the implications of decline and also supports that now babies may not be healthier than they were before. US has now achieved good technology. So previously this technology was not there and therefore now the rate is declining. Although it does not mean that babies at birth are healthier than they were in past.
(D) In eleven states of the United States, the infant mortality rate declined last year.
---> Does not tell the implication. May be previously there were more than eleven states whr infant mortality was low.
(E) Babies who do not receive adequate attention from a caregiver fail to thrive and so they gain weight slowly.
---->Out of scope.
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OA is C
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fine this took 1:49 min to solve and the Answer is C , i do not like the DP of the person who posted this question , anyway never mind .
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C gives a reason and hence fits the bill.
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