Bacterial diseases are the second leading cause of death worldwide

Bacterial diseases are the second leading cause of death worldwide
Bacterial diseases are the second leading cause of death worldwide

Bacterial diseases are the second leading cause of death worldwide

Diseases caused by bacteria are the second leading cause of death worldwide, followed by heart disease, according to a very large study published today, which found Staphylococcus aureus and pneumococci are among the deadliest viruses.

The study, published in The Lancet, looked at about 30 types of bacteria most likely to cause disease and assessed their associated mortality rates.

This study was conducted as part of the Global Burden of Diseases program. The scale of this major research program funded by the Bill Gates Foundation is unprecedented, involving several thousand researchers from most parts of the world.

The report’s authors concluded that “deaths related to the types of bacteria studied are the second leading cause of death worldwide” after coronary artery disease, which notably includes heart attacks.

Among the thirty types of bacteria studied, five are responsible for more than half of the deaths, namely Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli, Pneumococcus, Klebsiella pneumoniae and Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Staphylococcus aureus bacteria

The study showed that Staphylococcus aureus is The main bacterial cause of death in 135 countries.

Pneumococcal virus infection is most fatal in children under the age of five.

The results of the study showed the researchers to what extent the diseases are caused by it bacterial infection An “urgent priority” in public health.

The researchers called for measures to prevent infections, Better use of antibiotics Targeted avoidance of resistance phenomena and better use of vaccinations.


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