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Tuesday, 07 March 2017 - 10:24
Polluted Environments Kill 1.7M Kids Yearly: WHO
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Unhealthy and polluted environments cause more than 1 in 4 deaths of children younger than age 5 worldwide, the World Health Organization says.

Environmental factors such as indoor and outdoor air pollution, secondhand smoke, unsafe water, lack of sanitation, and poor hygiene kill 1.7 million children a year, according to two new WHO reports.

Diarrhea, malaria and pneumonia account for a large portion of the most common causes of death among children ages 1 month to 5 years, but can be prevented through environmental improvement measures such as clean cooking fuels and access to safe water.
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