Antibiotics for All?

Mass distribution of the antibiotic azithromycin has been shown to reduce under-5 mortality by 14% compared to the placebo.
But those promising results also raised big questions about the usefulness of mass deploying antibiotics, and whether it promotes antibiotic resistance.
One follow-up study in Tanzania found the drug did not trigger resistance—but researchers have several theories on why they didn't find an increase in resistance.
And while targeting only high-risk groups may have a greater effect per person, researchers found that it has a lesser impact on overall mortality.
One sure fire answer: More research. A countrywide study begins in Niger this summer.

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