People in Louisiana are disproportionately likely to be felled by syphilis, while Midwesterners might want to watch out for lower respiratory infections. And Arizonans are slightly more likely to be shot to death.
That’s all according to a map the CDC just released depicting the most distinctive cause of death in each state and DC from 2001 through 2010.
Even though these aren’t the most common causes of death, the map helps reveal unique health conditions and social issues emerging in various states. One limitation is that the map can only show a single cause of death when most states had more than one that was distinctive.