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Unintentional and self-poisoning mortalities in Mexico, 2000–2012

Omar González-Santiago, Pilar C. Morales-San Claudio, Lucia G. Cantú-Cárdenas, Juan M. J. Favela-Hernández

by Omar González-Santiago, Pilar C. Morales-San Claudio, Lucia G. Cantú-Cárdenas, Juan M. J. Favela-Hernández


Poisoning remains a major worldwide public health problem. Mortality varies by country, region and ethnicity. The objective of this study is to analyze recent trends in poisoning mortality in the Mexican population.


Data regarding mortality induced by poisoning was obtained from a publicly available national database maintained by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography.


During the period from 2000 to 2012, average mortality rates for unintentional and self-poisoning were 1.09 and 0.41 per 100000 population, respectively. The highest mortality rate for unintentional poisoning was in older individuals of both genders while the highest mortality for self-poisoning was in older men and young women. Additional studies are needed in Mexico, especially those that analyze risk factors in older individuals and young women.

Publisher URL: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0181708

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