Rural deaths

A NEW scientific study has shown that people living in rural areas around the Lisbon Valley and Alentejo suffer the highest mortality rates in Portugal.

The study, Mortality Analysis of Hospital Interns District by District in Portugal – 2000-2004, was presented in Lisbon last week by Health Institute investigator Dr. Ricardo Jorge.

Rita Nicolau, one of the authors of the study financed by the Merck Sharp and Dohme Foundation, found that 39.9 per cent of deaths were attributed to cardio-vascular and circulatory diseases.

Pneumonia and flu were also common causes of death in the centre and north of Portugal.

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