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Table 4 Variation in case-fatality of poisoning according to demographic group and poison type. Data from Anuradhapura District of Sri Lanka - September 2008 to January 2010

From: Changing epidemiologic patterns of deliberate self poisoning in a rural district of Sri Lanka

  Poisoned Patients (n) Deaths (n) Mortality (%)
Age Groups    
12 - 19 1100 25 2.2
20 - 29 1364 56 4.1
30 - 39 607 35 6.7
40 - 49 416 28 5.8
50 - 59 210 16 7.6
60 & above 95 17 17.9
Male 1862 112 6.0
Female 1951 65 3.3
Poison type    
OP*& Carbamate 706 41 5.8
Paraquat 77 17 22.1
Other pesticides 789 38 4.8
Medicine 789 5 0.6
Oleander 393 16 4.1
Other & unknown poison± 1059 60 5.7
Total 3813 177 4.6
  1. * Organophosphate.
  2. ± All other poison types including hydrocarbons, chemicals, plant substances and unknown poison types.