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A deadly epidemic is killing thousands of Indian babies and could turn into a global health threat. The Indian babies killed by strong viruses are born with the bacteria infection, and this infection cannot be treated with any form of antibiotics.
Indian health officials say that there have been more than 58,000 newborn victims of this unknown virus last year. Reports reveal that this number is just a fraction of the 800,000 newborn babies who die in India every year. Indian pediatricians say that this new infection could raise even more the Indian infant death rate. Statistics show that almost 1/3 of the world’s newborn deaths come from India.
Dr. Vinod Paul, a pediatrician from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, said that:
“Reducing newborn deaths in India is one of the most important public health priorities in the world, and this will require treating an increasing number of neonates who have sepsis and pneumonia. But if resistant infections keep growing, that progress could slow, stop or even reverse itself. And that would be a disaster for not only India but the entire world.”
Doctors have visited neonatal intensive care wards in India and said they were overwhelmed by the cases. Medical experts say that a few years ago these kinds of infections did not exist. Now, almost all the newborn babies are infected with very powerful viruses, resistant to almost any kind of drugs.
Researchers say that the Indian babies killed by strong viruses are part of an increasing epidemic. They say that there are new and very resistant types of bacteria anywhere in India: in the water, animals, soil, sewage and even the mothers are carrying it. The scariest aspect is that the new bacteria are immune to all known antibiotics.
Newborn babies are the most vulnerable because they have a very weak immune system. Doctors say that they have little time to develop a cure before the babies die.
Indian babies are not the only ones at risk. One of India’s most popular musicians, Uppalapu Shrinivas, 45, has died on September 19, after the doctors tried and failed to find a cure for his infection.