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CDC Publishes Updated Quick Stat Data on Top 3 Injury Deaths

Jul 02, 2009

The CDC reports that motor-vehicle traffic, poisoning, and firearms were the three leading causes of injury deaths in the United States in 2006.
In a recent issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports (MMWR), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated trauma data from the National Center for Health Statistics, age-adjusted to the 2000 U.S. standard population. The CDC reports that motor-vehicle traffic, poisoning, and firearms were the three leading causes of injury deaths in the United States in 2006. Age-adjusted death rates for motor-vehicle traffic--related deaths and deaths from firearms decreased from 1979 to 2006, whereas the rate for poisoning more than doubled during the same period. From 2005 to 2006, the age-adjusted poisoning death rate increased 13%, whereas motor-vehicle traffic and firearm death rates remained unchanged. For more information, click here.