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As National Statistician I have been asked to reply to your recent question asking what the main cause of death in children aged under 15 was in 2003. (152564)
The latest year for which data are available is 2002. The attached table shows the percentage of deaths by major causes of death and age groups in children aged under 15.
|Cause of death||All ages under 15||Under 1||1–4||5–14|
|Infectious and parasitic diseases||6.1||6.5||9.4||3.3|
|Blood and blood-forming organs||1.4||1.3||1.5||1.5|
|Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic disorders||4.8||2.8||7.1||5.8|
|Pregnancy and childbirth||8.6||19.8||1.3||0.0|
|Signs, symptoms and ill-defined conditions||9.4||19.6||3.4||1.0|
|External causes of death||14.3||5.3||16.3||23.9|
|Number of deaths||2,377||1,001||551||825|
(5) The causes of death were selected using the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision (ICD-10) codes. The cause groups presented are entire chapters from the ICD-10 classification, as follows:
Infectious and parasitic diseases—AOO-B99;
Blood and blood-forming organs—D50-D89;
Endocrine, nutritional and metabolic disorders—EOO-E90;
Pregnancy and childbirth—OOO-O99;
Signs, symptoms and ill-defined conditions—ROO-R99;
External causes of death—V01-Y89.
(6) Figures are for the number of deaths occurring in the calendar year.