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Rural West has highest rate of cold related deaths in US, CDC report shows

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 12 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1211
  1. Michael McCarthy
  1. 1Seattle

The proportion of deaths attributable to cold weather is markedly higher in rural counties of the West than in other regions of the United States, shows a new analysis by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.1

CDC researchers analyzed records of 5809 deaths reported during 2010 to 2013 in which the deaths were determined to be related to the cold. These included cases in which exposure to excessive cold was determined to be either the underlying cause or a contributing cause of death. The CDC found that the age adjusted, cold related …

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