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Letters 600 extra deaths a week

Monitoring excess mortality in Europe

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 18 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5568
  1. Michaël R Laurent, geriatrics registrar1
  1. 1University Hospitals Leuven, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
  1. michael.laurent{at}

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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