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Table 1 Deaths, missing verbal autopsy (VA) questionnaires and missing causes due to no consensus between physicians, undetermined and ill-defined causes by age group, Nouna HDSS, 1998–2007

From: Seasonal and temporal trends in all-cause and malaria mortality in rural Burkina Faso, 1998–2007

  Infants (<1) Children (1–4) Adolescents (5–14) Adults (15–59) Elderly (60+) Total
Deaths 1,436 1,927 452 1,580 1,983 7,378
Missing VAs 384 443 116 388 426 1,757
Missing VAs (%) 26.7 23.0 26.7 24.6 12.4 23.8
No consensus 64 98 25 125 174 486
No consensus (%) 4.5 5.1 5.5 7.9 8.8 6.6
Ill-defined 55 65 45 183 295 643
Ill-defined (%) 3.8 3.4 10.0 11.6 14.9 8.7
Undetermined 86 112 35 105 160 498
Undetermined (%) 6.0 5.8 7.7 6.6 8.1 6.7