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Volume 18, Number 4—April 2012

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Determinants for Autopsy after Unexplained Deaths Possibly Resulting from Infectious Causes, United States

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Article Title: Determinants for Autopsy after Unexplained Deaths Possibly Resulting from Infectious Causes, United States

CME Questions

1. You are part of a county task force charged with developing means to monitor emerging infections, and you are preparing for a discussion of unexplained deaths possibly resulting from infectious causes (UDPIC).

In the current study, what was a significant characteristic of cases of UDPIC?

A. Most cases occurred among male patients

B. Most cases occurred among children

C. Most cases occurred among persons of black race

D. Most cases occurred among persons of races other than black or white

2. Which of the following was the most common category of UDPIC from the national sample in the current study?

A. Sepsis/shock

B. Gastrointestinal disease

C. Neurologic disease

D. Unknown/other syndrome

3. Which of the following age groups was most likely to have received an autopsy in the current study of UDPIC?

A. Children and adolescents under age 18 years

B. Adults age 18–39 years

C. Adults age 40–49 years

D. Adults age 50 or older

4. What other characteristic was most associated with receiving an autopsy in the current study?

A. UDPIC due to sepsis/shock

B. Living in an urban center

C. White race

D. Race other than white or black

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