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[Comment] Measuring progress on preventing pneumonia deaths: are we there yet?

20:03 EDT 23 Aug 2017 | The Lancet

In The Lancet Infectious Diseases, the GBD 2015 LRI Collaborators provide estimates of the burden of illnesses and deaths from lower respiratory tract infections as a group and specific numbers for four common aetiologies—Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcal pneumonia), Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).1 According to the models presented, lower respiratory tract infections remain a top cause of mortality for all ages—the fifth leading cause of deaths overall and second in children younger than 5 years.

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