CDC: Drowning top cause of injury death in children ages one to four

Time reports, “Drowning is the leading cause of injury death in children ages 1 to 4, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report.”

While, “drowning rates in the US have declined … children between the ages of 1 to 4 have the highest rates of both fatal and non-fatal drowning…with 50% of fatal incidents occurring in swimming pools.”

The report is based on “death certificate data from the National Vital Statistics System and injury data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System–All Injury Program (NEISS-AIP) for the years 2005 to 2009.”

HealthDay reports, “Males are victims four times as often as females.” In the years covered, “more than 3,800 people of all ages drowned annually nationwide.”

WebMD reports, “Children under 4 accounted for nearly 53% of emergency visits for drowning-related injuries, while children aged 5 to 14 were responsible for almost 18% of them.”

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