Global prevention of pneumococcal disease can save millions of children

PRAGUE – Vaccination of children against pneumococcal diseases would save millions of lives all over the world. This was announced by the Pneumococcal Awareness Council of Experts (PACE) at today’s seminar in Prague. Pneumococcal disease causes pneumonia, encephalitis or barotitis. 400 cases of pneumonia are confirmed each year in the Czech Republic, and 14% of the infected children below five years of age die.

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Hookworm Disease Weighs Heavily on the Developing World Poor

NEW CANAAN, CT, August 19, 2004—An article published today in The New England Journal of Medicine calls attention to the enormous impact of parasitic hookworm infection on the developing world poor. The authors of “Current Concepts: Hookworm Infection” have studied the parasite over many years and describe the disturbing effects of mild infection as well as the disease state that results from heavy hookworm infection.

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