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News From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
September 10, 2014

Tracking Weather-Related Deaths

JAMA. 2014;312(10):992. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.10729

Federal health officials have examined US weather-related mortality patterns to gain a better understanding of the subpopulations at highest risk of dying during bouts of extreme weather.

The investigators analyzed the National Center for Health Statistics’ death file data for 2006 to 2010. During that period, about 2000 US residents died each year from weather-related causes. About 31% of the deaths resulted from exposure to excessive natural heat, and 63% were attributed to excessive natural cold exposure. The remaining 6% stemmed from floods, storms, or lightning (Berko J et al. Natl Health Stat Rep. 2014;[76]:1-16).

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