L.A. County also lagged in breast feeding rates. Another big problem is sexually transmitted diseases.
In violent deaths, the county has one of the worst homicide rates in the state.
On a positive note, the public health report places L.A. County among the healthiest in lung cancer and injury rates.
Among the state's 58 counties, L.A. ranked sixth for low rates of injury-related deaths, seventh in making sure mothers receive adequate prenatal care, and eighth for low rates of death from lung cancer.
The report was released by the California Department of Public Health and the Conference of Local Health Officers.
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