To the Editor: In their article on the health
of Latino children, Dr Flores and colleagues1 did
not address homicide and its impact on the health of Latino children and youth.
Homicide is the second leading cause of death for Latino children in the United
States; the 1999 rate among Latinos aged 1 to 18 years is twice that of white
non-Latinos.2 Among Latinos aged 10 to 19
years, homicide rates are even higher (from 10-14 years of age, relative risk
[RR] = 4; from 15-19 years of age, RR = 8 compared with non-Latino whites).3
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