Alaska Releases Cause of Death Report

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Flu and pneumonia surpassed assault and homicide in the top 10 causes of death in Alaska according to a new state report on deaths in 2016.

    The state Department of Health and Social Services' report listed cancer as the leading cause of death in the state, followed by heart disease and unintentional injury. The flu and pneumonia killed 60 people in the state last year.  The number of assaults and homicides that caused deaths were not included. Suicide killed 186 people, coming in sixth on the list.

    Another major killer in Alaska was alcohol; deaths involving alcohol claimed the lives of 182 people. This number did not include the number of people killed in alcohol related vehicle crashes. Firearm-related incidents claimed 74 lives and drug induced deaths claimed 131 lives. 


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