By Ray Downs, Broward Palm Beach New Times
The Centers for Disease Control released a map that shows where it rates of the “most distinctive” cause of death in each state – and Florida leads the nation in deaths from HIV.
The “most distinctive” cause of death in each state means where a particular cause of death is the highest. The CDC explains that many states’ most distinctive cause could be explained by factors unique to that state. For example, people in cold, northern states die of the flu more than others, and those in coal-mining states get lung diseases at a higher rate. But there’s no geographic or economic reason for why Florida has the most HIV deaths. Still, Florida is definitely high on the HIV list.