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Study: Bacterial Infections Killed Nearly Eight Million People, Second-Leading Cause Of Death In 2019

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Bacterial Infections

Bacterial Infections

In 2019, the year before the #COVID-19 pandemic, #bacterial illnesses were the second leading cause of mortality globally, accounting for about one in eight of all fatalities, according to a report published on Tuesday in the Lancet magazine. In the same year, 6.8 lakh (0.68 million) deaths in India were attributed to five common types of bacteria.

The second-leading cause of death behind ischemic heart disease was common bacterial pathogens three years ago, when at least 7.7 million people, or 13% of the global total, perished from them. The study examined mortality brought on by 11 different illness types, 33 prevalent bacterial infections, and roughly 204 different countries and territories.

The study, in the words of co-author and director of the US-based Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation Christopher Murray, “depicts the full depth” of the challenges that bacterial diseases pose for global public health. He also stressed how crucial it is to use the information from this study in global health projects “so that a deeper dive into these deadly pathogens can be conducted, and proper investments are made to decrease the number of deaths and infections.”

At least 230 deaths per 100,000 people were caused by bacterial illnesses in Sub-Saharan Africa. A “high-income super-region,” which the report referred to as including nations from North America, Australasia, and Western Europe, was noted to have 52 per 100,000 fatalities. The dramatic contrast between low-income and high-income nations was brought out by this comparative investigation.

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