Death, Distinctively

The good folks at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have rounded up some nifty state-by-state statistics on “distinct” causes of death in each state, defined as “the cause of death in each state that stands out most relative to its national average.” So what do you imagine is Tennessee’s distinct cause of death? As shown in a map legend included in a Washington Post story on the CDC report, here are the choices:

Source: CDC via Washington Post

Source: CDC via Washington Post

…and the winner is…

Accidental discharge of firearms! Shocking. The map does suggest some handy travel tips: Stay away from hospitals in New Jersey, avoid unprotected sex in Louisiana, and don’t spend too much time with attorneys in Oregon.

Source: CDC via Washington Post

Source: CDC via Washington Post

A version of this post appears on the Nashville Scene‘s Pith in the Wind blog.

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