QuickStats: Number of Deaths from Hornet, Wasp, and Bee Stings,* Among Males and Females — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2000–2017

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The figure is a stacked bar chart indicating the number of deaths from hornet, wasp, and bee stings among males and females in the United States during 2000–2017 (total annual average = 62).

* Deaths from hornet, wasp, and bee sting as underlying cause of death are coded as X23 in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision.

Among U.S. residents only.

During 2000–2017, a total of 1,109 deaths from hornet, wasp, and bee stings occurred, for an annual average of 62 deaths. Deaths ranged from a low of 43 in 2001 to a high of 89 in 2017. Approximately 80% of the deaths were among males.

Source: National Vital Statistics System. Underlying cause of death data, 1999–2017. https://wonder.cdc.gov/ucd-icd10.html.

Reported by: Jiaquan Xu, MD, jiaquanxu@cdc.gov, 301-458-4086.


Suggested citation for this article: QuickStats: Number of Deaths from Hornet, Wasp, and Bee Stings, Among Males and Females — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2000–2017. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2019;68:649. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6829a5external icon.

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