Can We Reduce the Duration of Antibiotic Therapy for Neonatal Pneumonia?
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According to World Health Organization (WHO) data (2016), neonatal mortality contributes to 46% of all Under 5 child deaths globally . The major direct causes of neonatal deaths are infections, preterm birth and asphyxia. India contributes to one-fifth of global live births and more than a quarter of neonatal deaths . So, globally and in the Indian perspective, focusing on strategies to prevent and treat neonatal sepsis including pneumonia is of paramount importance. It is estimated that pneumonia contributes to nearly one million neonatal deaths and an unknown number of stillbirths each year worldwide . Usually, Gram negative bacilli predominate in the first week of life and Gram positive bacteria subsequently. The common organisms causing early onset pneumonia include E. coli, group B streptococcus, Klebsiella, and Coagulase-negative staphylococcus. Other bacteria like Streptococci viridans, H. influenzae, Citrobacter, Listeria monocytogenes and Candida albicanscan also...
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