First estimates of newborns requiring treatment for bacterial infection show 7 million cases

Nearly 7 million babies in the first month of life (neonates) required treatment for severe bacterial infection in South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and Latin America in 2012, according to a new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases. Around half a million new-borns who died due to bacterial diseases in 2012 could have been saved if antibiotics and other cost-effective interventions were made much more widely available.