Pneumonia Revisited

In the wake of US Secretary Hillary Clinton’s pneumonia diagnosis, global attention has shifted toward the disease. With an estimated 450 million cases annually, pneumonia is more fatal than people realize. This is especially true in Africa and Asia, where costs are higher, infections more frequent, and vaccines and good hygiene practices less widely used.

Kate O’Brien, of the International Vaccine Access Center and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, says to make progress against the disease, we need greater public awareness and a test that can determine the cause of a patient’s infection.

Pneumonia Day

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