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QuickStats: Percentage Change in Death Rates for the Leading Causes of Unintentional Injury, by Mechanism of Injury --- United States, 1999--2004

During 1999--2004, age-adjusted unintentional injury death rates increased 6.8%, from 35.3 per 100,000 population to 37.7. This increase was attributed primarily to increases in rates from motorcycle crashes, poisoning (including unintentional drug overdose), and falls. Similar but smaller increases were observed for these causes in 2003, thus the upward trend continued in 2004.

SOURCE: National Vital Statistics System (NVSS), 1999--2004. NVSS injury mortality data are available from CDC's Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) at http://www.cdc.gov/ncipc/wisqars.

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Date last reviewed: 4/5/2007

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