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Injury burden in Europe

In the 53 countries of the WHO European Region injuries are estimated to cause 790 000 deaths yearly.

This is 9% of deaths from all causes.

An estimate for the 27 countries in the European Union is 252 000 injury related deaths and about 7 million hospital admissions yearly (8% of all admissions).

Injury is the greatest thief of life years in the age group from one year to the mid-forties .

(source: Dinesh Sethi, WHOEurope)

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