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Child Deaths Due to Injury

In 2006, unintentional injuries were the cause of death for 1,610 children aged 1-4 years and 2,258 children aged 5-14 years. Motor vehicle traffic, drowning, and fires and burns were the most common causes of unintentional injury death among children in both age groups. Unintentional injury due to motor vehicle traffic caused 2.9 and 3.0 deaths per 100,000 children aged 1-4 and 5-14 years, respectively.

In addition, 366 children aged 1-4 years were victims of homicide in 2006, while 609 children aged 5-14 years were victims of homicide or suicide (data not shown).

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