Wednesday, May 07, 2008

A Common Killer

Here's a quick question for our readers:
What is the #1 world wide killer for children five and under?
  1. smallpox
  2. measles
  3. AIDS
  4. malaria
  5. pneumonia
If you chose #5, pneumonia, you're correct. Many of those other disease have a higher profile and get more attention. But a recent report released by the World Health Organization says that Pneumonia kills more than 2 million kids under the age of five each year. It is the #1 killer for that age group, responsible for nearly 1 in 5 deaths for little ones.
I mention it so that we raise awareness on emerging and somewhat exotic disease, we should not forget those common killers who destroy so many young lives, albeit with a low profile.

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