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Fewer drownings reported

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(CNN)--Fewer children are sent to the hospital for near drownings.

A new study looked at drowning-related incidents over the past 16 years.

Hospitalization rates for children fell 49-percent across the country between 1993 and 2008.

The number of children who died while in the hospital from drowning decreased by 42-percent.

Researchers also found a 40-percent drop in hospital visits following bathtub-related drownings in infants and toddlers.

The study is published in the latest issue of the journal Pediatrics.

Drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury death in children up to age 19.

It accounts for nearly 11-hundred deaths in the U-S each year.

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