The top 10 killers in South Africa

One in five South Africans die from unnatural deaths such as crashes‚ assaults‚ drowning‚ smoke inhalation or poisoning.

This is according to the Mortality and Causes of Death report Statistics South Africa (Stats SA) released on Tuesday in Pretoria.

The report analysed the 456 612 deaths recorded in 2016. Of these‚ 240 001 were men and 214 988 were women‚ or 112 males for every 100 female deaths. In addition 1 623 were listed as gender unspecified. The total amount was a decline from the 473 266 deaths in 2015.

Here are the top 10 killers in South Africa:

  1. Ill-defined and unknown causes of mortality - 57 159 (12‚5%)

  2. Other external causes of accidental injury (includes drowning‚ smoke inhalation‚ poisoning) - 34 096 (7‚5%)

  3. Tuberculosis - 29 513 (6‚5%)

  4. Diabetes - 25 255 (5‚5%)

  5. Other forms of heart disease (includes pericarditis‚ endocarditis‚ pulmonary valve disorders‚ cardiac arrest‚ atrial fibrillation) - 23 515 (5‚2%)

  6. Cerebrovascular diseases - 23 137 (5‚1%)

  7. HIV - 21 830 (4‚8%)

  8. Hypertensive diseases - 19 960 (4‚4%)

  9. Influenza and pneumonia - 19 638 (4‚3%)

  10. Other viral diseases (includes cytomegaloviral disease‚ mumps‚ infectious mononucleosis‚ viral conjunctivitis) - 16 577 (3‚6%)

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