ATLANTA, Ga. (CBSMiami) – Homicide is no longer one of the top 15 causes of death in the United States, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC revealed the top 15 Wednesday afternoon and dropped homicide from the list for the first time in 45 years. According to the CDC, out of 2.4 million deaths in 2010, there were 16,065 homicides. The 2010 numbers were a drop from 16,799 a year earlier.
Homicide was replaced in the top 15 by pneumonitis.
According to the CDC report, the top 10 leading causes of death were:
- Heart disease
- Malignant neoplasms
- Chronic lower respiratory diseases
- Cerebrovascual diseases
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Diabetes mellitus
The CDC found that the death rate for heart disease dropped by 2.4 percent. But, the death rate increased significantly for Alzehimer’s disease (3.3 percent); nephritis, chronic liver disease, Parkinson’s disease and pneumonitis.