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Relative Risk

Cause of Death

Annual deaths

Heart Disease

7.2 million

Cancer

6.7 million

Stroke

5.5 million

Accidental Injury

5 million

Motor Vehicle Accident

1.2 million

Drowning

450,000

Falls

290,000

Fire or smoke

74,000

Falling off a ladder or scaffold

9,000

Contact with hornets, wasps and bees

1,200

Lightning Strike

1,170

Dog attack

570

Bitten by snake or reptile

525

Flood

100

Crocodile attack

7

Bitten by rats

5

Shark Attack (all species)

4

Statistics adapted from World Health Organisation annual death statistics and data from National Centre for Health Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau 2000.

Animal Attacks

Animal

Fatalities per year

Mosquito

2,000,000

Venomous Snakes

40,000

Scorpions

5,000

Elephants

500

Horses

219 in the US[1]

Hippo

200[2]

Crocodile or alligator

200[3]

Tigers

100[4]

Jellyfish

100

Cape Buffalo

80

Cows

28.4 in the US[5]

Bears

7 in the US[6]

Sharks

4

[1] National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) estimated 105 deaths per year, but this would be low because many horse related injuries do not go to emergency rooms but to morgues (Bixby-Hammett, 1990). The figure 219 was determined using medical examiner figures and population (Bixby-Hammett, 1990).

[2] Source: http://animal.discovery.com/fansites/wildkingdom/rumble/hippovcroc/hippovcroc.html

[3] Source: http://animal.discovery.com/fansites/wildkingdom/rumble/hippovcroc/hippovcroc.html

[4] http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0EPG/is_n12_v28/ai_16817878

[5]Langley, R.L. and Hunter, J.L. Occupational fatalities due to animal-related events. Wilderness and Environmental Medicine 12(3), pp. 168-174. Data averaged from 1992-1997.

[6] Number of people killed in the US in 2005, Wikipedia