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    Pneumococcal disease caused one million deaths of children worldwide

    Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 - 18:20

    Pneumococcal disease, among which include meningitis, pneumonia, bacteremia, and otitis, every year cause the death of a million children worldwide, today unveiled a medical report.

    The data presented in the framework of the Sixth World Congress of Pediatric Infectious Diseases to be held in Buenos Aires, belong to a report by the World Health Organization (WHO) discussed the importance of vaccinating children against pneumococcus in the first months.
    Pius Lee, Professor, Department of Pediatrics at the University of Valle in Colombia and director of the Center for Pediatric Infectious Diseases Studies there, said 'health work must take account of the battle the pneumococcus'.
    Lopez explained that the bacteria 'infectious causes from tables in the middle ear, up episodes that may be more severe as meningitis'.
    The specialist said that 'it is estimated that 60 to 80% of children have had a middle ear infection, which means not only pain but also the recourse to antibiotics, which can weaken the defenses'.
    He stressed the use of vaccines for double protection 'to prevent from two months against pneumococcus and prevent disease, some infectious'.
    On another subject, was presented at the Congress a study on the use of 13-valent pneumococcal vaccine currently being filed for health for approval to extend the range of protection against pneumococcal bacteria.
    Mary Catherine Pirez, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Uruguay, said that 'the observance hospital shows that the vaccine reduced third bacterial pneumonias, 40% of pneumococcal and 40% of empyemas, which are infections of the pleura