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Table 3 Possible verbal autopsy causes of death by sex in Meskan and Mareko district, Ethiopia. 1995–1999.

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

Possible cause Females Males Total
  Number (%) Number (%) Number (%)
I. Communicable Diseases 149 (58.7) 164 (62.8) 313 (60.8)
Acute Febrile illnesses 63 (24.8) 67 (25.7) 130 (25.2)
Diarrheal diseases 28 (11.0) 29 (11.1) 57 (11.1)
All forms of tuberculosis 21 (8.3) 29 (11.1) 50 (9.7)
HIV/ AIDS 19 (7.5) 19 (7.3) 38 (7.4)
Pneumonia 17 (6.7) 11 (4.2) 28 (5.4)
Meningitis 1 (0.4) 9 (3.4) 10 (1.9)
II. Non-communicable Diseases 54 (21.2) 78 (26.8) 124 (25.4)
Liver diseases 26 (10.2) 32 (12.3) 58 (11.3)
Cardio-vascular diseases 14 (5.5) 18 (6.9) 32 (6.2)
Chronic obstructive lung diseases 10 (3.9) 17 (6.5) 27 (5.2)
Acute abdomen conditions 4 (1.6) 3 (1.1) 7 (1.4)
III. Maternal causes 36 (14.2) --- 36 (7.0)
IV. Injuries 3 (1.2) 6 (2.3) 9 (1.7)
Undetermined 12 (4.7) 21 (8.1) 33 (6.4)
Total 254 (100.0) 261(100.0) 515(100.0)