Malaria cited as top killer disease in Kenya
Updated Tuesday, April 29th 2014 at 23:01 GMT +3

By GATONYE GATHURA and LONAH KIBET

NAIROBI, KENYA: Malaria, followed by pneumonia were the leading killer-diseases in the country last year. Having claimed more than 46,000 lives, the ailments have proved to be serious threats to the economy.

For the first time, cancer has surpassed Aids as the third largest killer, having claimed 13, 720 lives compared to 11,448 deaths caused by HIV.
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THE NUMBERS

According to the Survey, Malaria accounted for 12.2 per cent (23,789 deaths) of registered deaths while Pnemonia accounted for 11.8 per cent (22,918 deaths) last year.

Cancer, Aids and tuberculosis followed closely, crossing the 10,000 mark, taking the third, fourth and fifth positions. Each recorded 13,720, 11,448 and 11,186 cases respectively for the same year. Other major causes of death were anaemia (8,134), road traffic accidents (4,942), other accidents (4,857), heart disease (4,544) and meningitis (4,265).
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