Volume 14, Number 10—October 2008
Unexplained Deaths and Critical Illnesses of Suspected Infectious Cause, Taiwan, 2000–2005
|Proportion of deaths among all case-patients, %||73||75||64||79||83|
|Proportion of infectious causes identified, %||65||63||68||68||39|
|Viral agents among infection cases, %||42||56||30||37||57|
|Bacterial agents among infection cases, %||46||36||57||47||36|
|Rickettsia spp. among infection cases, %||4||4||3||0||14|
|Proportion of causes remaining unknown, %||23||25||16||29||25|
|Autopsy rate among patients who died, %||49||53||43||41||67|
*TCDC, Taiwan Centers for Disease Control.
†Denominators for the population under surveillance, obtained from the 2002 intercensus (11) and approximately the midpoint of this study period, included all people in the age groups under surveillance at the various sites and were used to calculate the incidence rate.