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Table 4 Possible verbal autopsy based causes of death for the last three and half years of the recall period as compared to the total five years 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 Year of death
  09/01/96-12/31/99 01/01/95-12/31/99
  Number (%) Number (%)
I. Communicable Diseases 250 (59.2) 313 (60.8)
Acute Febrile illnesses 102 (24.2) 130 (25.2)
Diarrheal diseases 47 (11.1) 57 (11.1)
All forms of tuberculosis 42 (10.0) 50 (9.7)
HIV/ AIDS 30 (7.1) 38 (7.4)
Pneumonia 22 (5.2) 28 (5.4)
Meningitis 7 (1.7) 10 (1.9)
II. Non-communicable Diseases 95 (25.4) 124 (25.4)
Liver diseases 49 (11.6) 58 (11.3)
Cardio-vascular diseases 29 (6.9) 32 (6.2)
Chronic obstructive lung diseases 23 (5.5) 27 (5.2)
Acute abdomen conditions 6 (1.4) 7 (1.4)
III. Maternal causes 29 (6.9) 36 (7.0)
IV. Injuries 4 (0.9) 9 (1.7)
Undetermined 32 (7.6) 33 (6.4)
Total 422 (100.0) 515 (100.0)