Certifying a Death in Vermont

Cause of Death

Stated very simply, a cause of death is the disease or injury responsible for starting the lethal sequence of events, which ultimately lead to death. A competent cause of death must be as etiologically specific as possible. Etiologically specific causes of death are the disease entities studied in basic pathology courses. Examples include:

*Infectious diseases or suspected infectious diseases, which are a threat or potential threat to public health must be reported to the Vermont Department of Health (1-888-588-7781 or 1-802-951-4080)

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