Global Epidemiology of Childhood Infectious Diseases

Lynette Menezes, PhD
Monday, December 29, 2014
Category: Epidemiology, International Medicine, Pediatric Infectious Diseases

Dr. Lynette Menezes speaks about the childhood infectious diseases that produce the highest global burden of disease (years of life lost due to premature death or disability). Infectious diseases cause about 40% of deaths in children under 5 years of age, many in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2010, the estimated global disease burden due to infectious diseases was 610 million disability adjusted life years. She focuses specifically on acute respiratory infections, diarrheal diseases, measles, malaria, and HIV. She also discusses strategies for disease control, including handwashing and vaccination.

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