Patterns of antibiotic use among children in an urban Brazilian slum.

  title={Patterns of antibiotic use among children in an urban Brazilian slum.},
  author={John B. Schorling and Maria Anakarine de Souza and Richard Littleton Guerrant},
  journal={International journal of epidemiology},
  volume={20 1},
Antibiotics are utilized excessively in many areas of the world. To better define how often and why these drugs are used, we prospectively studied antibiotic use among a cohort of 105 children less than five years of age in a poor area of the northeastern Brazilian city of Fortaleza. During a 16-week period, 65 children took 137 courses of antibiotics. Physicians recommended 54% of these, mothers or their associates 39%, and pharmacy workers 7%. Mothers and pharmacy workers recommended drugs… CONTINUE READING

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