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QuickStats: Asthma* Death Rates, by Race and Age Group — United States, 2007–2009

The figure shows asthma death rates, by race and age group in the United States during 2007-2009. In 2007-2009, the asthma death rate in the United States was higher for blacks than whites overall and for each age group, except persons aged ≥75 years, for whom the difference was not statistically significant. The rate for blacks aged 0-14 years was almost eight times greater than for whites in that age group. The rate for blacks aged 65-74 years was only approximately three times higher than for whites in that age group. Asthma death rates increased with age for blacks and whites.

* Deaths from asthma are those coded J45–J46 in the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision.

95% confidence interval.

In 2007–2009, the asthma death rate in the United States was higher for blacks than whites overall and for each age group, except persons aged ≥75 years, for whom the difference was not statistically significant. The rate for blacks aged 0–14 years was almost eight times greater than for whites in that age group. The rate for blacks aged 65–74 years was only approximately three times higher than for whites in that age group. Asthma death rates increased with age for blacks and whites.

Sources: National Vital Statistics System. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/mortality_public_use_data.htm.

CDC. Health Data Interactive. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hdi.htm.

Reported by: Yelena Gorina, MS, MPH, ygorina@cdc.gov, 301-458-4241.

Alternate Text: The figure above shows asthma death rates, by race and age group in the United States during 2007-2009. In 2007-2009, the asthma death rate in the United States was higher for blacks than whites overall and for each age group, except persons aged ≥75 years, for whom the difference was not statistically significant. The rate for blacks aged 0-14 years was almost eight times greater than for whites in that age group. The rate for blacks aged 65-74 years was only approximately three times higher than for whites in that age group. Asthma death rates increased with age for blacks and whites.


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