Eddleston, Michael; Gunnell, David; Karunaratne, Ayanthi; De Silva, Dhammik; Sheriff, M H Rezvi; Buckley, Nicholas
We investigated the epidemiology of intentional self-poisoning in rural Sri Lanka by prospectively recording 2189 admissions to two secondary hospitals. Many patients were young (median age 25 years), male (57%) and used pesticides (49%). Of the 198 who died, 156 were men (case fatality 12.4%) and 42 were women (4.5%). Over half of female deaths were in those under 25 years old; male deaths were spread more evenly across age groups. Oleander and paraquat caused 74% of deaths in people under 25...[Show more]
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