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Infections cause 68 pct of child deaths, study finds

Posted in News by Skepdude on May 12, 2010

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More than two thirds of the estimated 8.8 million deaths in children under five worldwide in 2008 were caused by infectious diseases like pneumonia, diarrhea and malaria, according to a study on behalf of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

The study, published in the Lancet on Wednesday, found that infectious diseases caused 68 percent of deaths in under fives, led by pneumonia (18 percent, 1.58 million children), diarrhea (15 percent, 1.34 million) and malaria (8 percent, 0.73 million).

High-income countries account for only around one percent of the under-five deaths, and almost half of such deaths occurred in five countries — India, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, and China.

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