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Protection racket

Protection racket

作者:蔚馘  时间:2019-03-06 02:07:00  人气:

By Debora MacKenzie TODAY or tomorrow, a five-year-old child in a slum in Kenya will die painfully of dysentery. This is not unusual. A thousand children in the world die like this every day. And the toll is rising now that three-quarters of the Shigella bacteria that cause dysentery resist treatment with old antibiotics like ampicillin. Yet over in neighbouring Uganda, amid similar poverty, another five-year-old will get dysentery and survive. The difference: ciprofloxacin, a relatively new antibiotic that still kills Shigella. In Uganda this lifesaver sells for just seven cents a tablet. In Kenya, each pill costs $2.42,