WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Injury Center launched Injury Maps, an interactive Web-based mapping application of injury-related mortality in the United States.

Injury Maps includes mortality rates for 1989 through1998, the CDC said. The data includes injuries from drowning, poisoning, motor vehicle accidents, homicide and five other injury causes of death.

Injury Maps' location-based technology will give users the capability to create customized, interactive online maps that can be used by a wide range of organizations and individuals, such as other federal agencies, state and local health departments, policy makers, research institutions and students.

For example, a health worker can use Injury Maps to create state or county maps that depict the death rates from several broad categories of injuries as well as create a map of a specific injury cause and compare this to state and national death rates.

The CDC worked with MapInfo Corporation to create the mapping application.

"A Web-based mapping application such as Injury Maps is an effective tool for public health officials to sort and analyze information when making important decisions about education and prevention programs," said Sabby Nayar, strategic industry manager, government, MapInfo.