Causes of death

Significant progression of the flu and other respiratory diseases in 2015

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Significant progression of the flu and other respiratory diseases in 2015

The 2015 statistics on causes of death just published by Statbel, the Belgian statistical office, show that:

the diseases of the circulatory system (28.4 % of all causes of death) remain the leading cause of death, followed by tumours (25.9 %) and diseases of the respiratory system (10.7 %). This ranking remains the same in all regions.

the flu and lung diseases (4,431 deaths) registered a record increase (+29.6 %; 4,431 deaths), placing 2015 well above the previous "epidemic" years (3,725 cases in 2012 and 3,934 deaths in 2013).

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Belgium - Deaths by sex and by region, 2015

  Men Women Total
Brussels-Capital Region 4.341 4.988 9.329
Flemish Region 30.736 31.555 62.291
Walloon Region 18.532 20.356 38.888
Belgium 53.609 56.899 110.508
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Belgium - Deaths by sex and by region, for some groups of causes, 2015

  Men Women Total
Number of cases % Number of cases % Number of cases %
Brussels-Capital Region All causes 4.341 100,0% 4.988 100,0% 9.329 100,0%
Diseases of the circulatory system 1.075 24,8% 1.314 26,3% 2.389 25,6%
Tumours 1.149 26,5% 1.111 22,3% 2.260 24,2%
Diseases of the respiratory system 456 10,5% 517 10,4% 973 10,4%
Suicides 70 1,6% 39 0,8% 109 1,2%
Flemish Region All causes 30.736 100,0% 31.555 100,0% 62.291 100,0%
Diseases of the circulatory system 8.306 27,0% 9.997 31,7% 18.303 29,4%
Tumours 9.502 30,9% 7.181 22,8% 16.683 26,8%
Diseases of the respiratory system 3.527 11,5% 3.088 9,8% 6.615 10,6%
Suicides 753 2,4% 297 0,9% 1.050 1,7%
Walloon Region All causes 18.532 100,0% 20.356 100,0% 38.888 100,0%
Diseases of the circulatory system 4.773 25,8% 5.868 28,8% 10.641 27,4%
Tumours 5.206 28,1% 4.449 21,9% 9.655 24,8%
Diseases of the respiratory system 2.148 11,6% 2.110 10,4% 4.258 10,9%
Suicides 488 2,6% 216 1,1% 704 1,8%
Belgium All causes 53.609 100,0% 56.899 100,0% 110.508 100,0%
Diseases of the circulatory system 14.154 26,4% 17.179 30,2% 31.333 28,4%
Tumours 15.857 29,6% 12.741 22,4% 28.598 25,9%
Diseases of the respiratory system 6.131 11,4% 5.715 10,0% 11.846 10,7%
Suicides 1.311 2,4% 552 1,0% 1.863 1,7%

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