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Table 1 Algorithm used for the diagnoses of cause of death, in Meskan and Mareko district, Ethiopia. 2000.

From: The use of simplified verbal autopsy in identifying causes of adult death in a predominantly rural population in Ethiopia

Algorithm Diagnosis
Duration of illness < 30 days + Accidents (intentional or unintentional) Injuries
Female sex + (Pregnant or In labor or in the puerperal period) Maternal causes
Duration of illness > 30 days + Cough + Weight loss + (Bloody sputum or Fever or Ascites) + no diarrhea Tuberculosis
Duration of illness > 30 days + Cough + Diarrhea + Fever + Weight loss AIDS
Duration of illness > 15 days + (Edema of legs or Ascites) + Jaundice Liver diseases
Duration of illness < 15 days + Abdominal swelling + Repeated vomiting + No diarrhea Acute abdomen
Duration of illness > 30 days + cough + Dyspnea + Wheezing + No bloody sputum Chronic obstructive lung diseases
Duration of illness < 30 days + Diarrhea + No cough Diarrheal diseases
Duration of illness < 15 days + Fever + Headache Acute febrile illness
Duration of illness < 15 days + Fever + Headache + Neck stiffness Meningitis
Duration of illness < 30 days + Cough + Fever + (Dyspnea or Chest pain) Pneumonia
Duration of illness < 30 days + Dyspnea + Palpitation + (Edema of legs or Ascites) Cardio Vascular diseases