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May 21, 2019

Incorrect Mean Historical Deaths in Table Estimating Deaths Following Hurricane Maria

JAMA. 2019;321(19):1939. doi:10.1001/jama.2019.6001

The Research Letter titled “Use of Death Counts From Vital Statistics to Calculate Excess Deaths in Puerto Rico Following Hurricane Maria,” published in the October 9, 2018, issue of JAMA,1 included incorrect mean historical death counts. In the Table, the data in the second column reporting 2010-2016 mean historical patterns of death were found to be incorrect. The updated data do not affect the conclusions. This article was corrected online and was previously corrected to fix an error in the upper 95% CI limit of excess deaths in September 2017.2

Santos-Lozada  AR, Howard  JT.  Use of death counts from vital statistics to calculate excess deaths in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria.  JAMA. 2018;320(14):1491-1493. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.10929PubMedGoogle ScholarCrossref
 Error in 95% CI limit.  JAMA. 2018;320(8):840. doi:10.1001/jama.2018.12457Google Scholar