Burden of Disease Caused by Streptococcus Pneumoniae in Children Younger than 5 Years: Global Estimates
This article, published in The Lancet, releases new global burden of disease data for Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus), a leading cause of bacterial pneumonia, meningitis, and sepsis in children worldwide. The results also include data at the country level. Findings conclude that, in 2000, there were an estimated 14.5 million cases of serious pneumococcal disease worldwide. That year, the disease was responsible for about 826,000 deaths in children aged 1 to 59 months, constituting approximately 11 percent of all deaths in children in this age group worldwide. Also, of these deaths in HIV-negative children, more than 61 percent occurred in 10 African and Asian countries. The ultimate aim of the study is to support local and global policy decisions on accelerating pneumococcal disease prevention and treatment, particularly for those countries in greatest need. ABSTRACT ONLY. (Learn how users in developing countries can gain free access to journal articles.)
Author(s): O'Brien KL, Wolfson LJ, Watt JP, et al.
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Citation: O'Brien KL, Wolfson LJ, Watt JP, et al. Burden of Disease Caused by Streptococcus Pneumoniae in Children Younger than 5 Years: Global Estimates. Lancet. 2009;374(9693):893-902.