Infections Linked to More than Half of LMIC Child Deaths

Infections play a role in 54% of child deaths in low-income countries, according to the Child Health and Mortality Prevention Surveillance network published in The Lancet Global Health.

The research, led by the Barcelona Institute for Global Health, aimed to provide granular, accurate cause-of-death data through methods including minimally invasive autopsies on nearly 1,000 children under 5 and stillborn babies in Bangladesh, Kenya, Mali, Mozambique, and South Africa.

A Key Finding: Researchers were surprised to find the Klebsiella pneumoniaebacterium, which is not usually listed as a cause of death in children, in a considerable number of cases of pneumonia, sepsis and meningitis, Quique Bassat, co-lead author, says in an IS Global news release.

E. coli, Acinetobacter baumannii, and cytomegalovirus were also linked to a considerable number of cases.

The more detailed data could inform child mortality prevention efforts.

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