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Every day, about ten people die from unintentional drowning. Of these, two will be children aged 14 or younger. Drowning is the sixth leading cause of unintentional injury death for people of all ages, and the second leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14 years.1

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References

  1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [online]. [cited 2011 Apr 6]. Available from: URL: http://www.cdc.gov/injury/wisqars

 

 
About 1 in 5 child deaths is due to injury. CDC Vital Signs www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns
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