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Road accidents biggest global killer of teenagers

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Health Desk—May 16, 2017: Road traffic injuries are the biggest killer of teenagers globally, international data released by the World Health Organization reveals.

In 2015, more than 1.2 million adolescents died. Road injuries were to blame for about one in 10 of these deaths.

Most of the road fatalities involved males between the ages of 10 and 19.

Chest infections and self-harm were the biggest global killers of girls and young women, however.

The top five killers of teens (aged 10-19):

1. Road injury

2. Lower respiratory infections

3. Self-harm (intentional and accidental suicide)

4. Diarrhoeal diseases

5. Drowning

According to the worldwide report, more than 3,000 adolescents die every day.

Over two-thirds of these deaths happen in low- and middle-income countries in Africa and South East Asia.

However, most of the deaths are preventable, the report read. 

Source: BBC