Childhood Infectious Diseases: Overview

Amira M. Khan, Zulfiqar A. Bhutta

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Infectious diseases account for almost half of the 5.9. million children under 5. years of age who die each year. Infections such as pneumonia, diarrhea, neonatal sepsis, and malaria account for most of these deaths. Importantly, of the 2.7. million neonatal deaths each year, 23% are due to infection-related causes. With the progressive rise in antimicrobial resistance and growing incidence of emerging infections, infectious diseases continue to pose a considerable challenge to neonatal and child health. It is estimated that almost two-thirds of these deaths are potentially preventable if interventions can be delivered at scale.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of Public Health
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9780128037089
ISBN (Print)9780128036785
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Acute respiratory infections
  • Bloody diarrhea
  • Child mortality
  • Child survival
  • Dengue
  • Diarrhea
  • Ebola
  • Infections
  • Malaria
  • Newborn sepsis
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Pneumonia
  • Soil-transmitted helminths
  • Typhoid


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