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Volume 13, Number 9—September 2007

Dispatch

Increase in Clostridium difficile–related Mortality Rates, United States, 19992004

Matthew D. Redelings*Comments to Author , Frank Sorvillo*†, and Laurene Mascola*
Author affiliations: *Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Los Angeles, California, USA; †University of California Los Angeles–School of Public Health, Los Angeles, California, USA;

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Demographic characteristics of patients with Clostridium difficile–related deaths, United States, 1999–2004

Demographic group C. difficile–related deaths, no. (%) Age-adjusted mortality rate/million population
Sex
Female 12,468 (60) 11.8
Male
8,174 (40)
12.7
Race/ethnicity
White 18,534 (90) 12.9
Hispanic 602 (3) 7.2
Black 1.304 (6) 9.3
Asian/Pacific Islander 139 (1) 3.5
American Indian/Alaska Native
63 (<1)
7.9
Age group, y
<1 17 (<1) 0.7*
1–4 11 (<1) 0.1*
5–14 12 (<1) 0.1*
15–24 24 (<1) 0.1*
25–34 62 (<1) 0.3*
35–44 171 (1) 0.6*
45–54 464 (2) 2.0*
55–64 1,159 (6) 7.6*
65–74 3,238 (16) 29.3*
75–84 7,859 (38) 104.0*
>85
7,623 (37)
287.1*
Total 20,642 12.2

*This statistic is not age-adjusted because it only pertains to 1 age group.

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