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Global child deaths on decline

But at 8.8 million in 2008, mortality for those under age 5 is still staggeringly high

The death rate among children under age 5 stood at 8.8 million worldwide in 2008, down from 10.6 million eight years earlier, researchers report online May 12 in Lancet. More than two-thirds of the deaths in 2008 were caused by infectious diseases, with diarrhea, pneumonia and malaria taking the greatest toll.

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