Letters 600 extra deaths a week
Monitoring excess mortality in EuropeBMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f5568 (Published 18 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5568
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- Michaël R Laurent, geriatrics registrar1
- 1University Hospitals Leuven, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
The Belgian Scientific Institute for Public Health reported 10% excess mortality in June 2013 (700 additional deaths a month) in those aged 65 and older.1 No likely cause was identified because climatic circumstances, air pollution levels, and physician visits for influenza-like illnesses were unremarkable. However, it is expected that July’s heat wave …
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