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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Study : Antibiotic resistance killing thousands in India

Via The Statesman, excerpt :

" Pneumonia still causes an estimated 410,000 deaths in India each year, and is the number one killer of children. Lancet has reported an estimated 371,605 deaths in Indian children under the age of five in 2008. These figures highlight that there are still substantial barriers to antibiotic access in India.

In fact, people living in developing countries like India, South Africa and Kenya have the highest burden of bacterial infections, including antibiotic resistant infections driven by excessive and inappropriate antibiotic consumption, according to the Global Antibiotic Resistance Partnership (GARP), a project of the Centre for Disease Dynamics, Economics & Policy (CDDEP).

Antibiotic resistance, or a bacteria’s ability to survive antibiotic treatment, is highly prevalent in developing countries of South Asia and Africa. In fact, bacterial disease burden in India is among the highest in the world, said a GARP study conducted as a situation analysis on antibiotic access and resistance in India."

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