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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
July 16, 2014

Disparities in Drowning

JAMA. 2014;312(3):224. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.8178

New data show that black children and teens drown in swimming pools at rates 4 to 9 times higher than their white peers, suggesting wide racial and ethnic disparities in basic swimming skills.

The study isn’t the first to report on racial and ethnic disparities in drowning deaths, but none before has characterized those deaths by age and setting. Investigators compiled the data from US Census records and death certificates in the National Vital Statistics for US residents younger than 30 years between 1999 and 2010.

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