Acute respiratory infection (ARI) in under-five children is one of the main public health problems in India. It is the major cause of morbidity and mortality in infants and young children below age 5. Every year ARI in young children is responsible for an estimated 3.9 million deaths worldwide. Many risk factors for respiratory tract infections have been identified which include not only the climatic conditions but also the poverty, poor nutrition, poor housing conditions, indoor air pollution such as parental smoking, absence of ventilation, overcrowding, industrialization, social cultural values, overuse and misuse of antibiotics, lack of basic health services and lack of awareness.
Goel K, Ahmad S, Agarwal G, Goel P, Vijay Kumar (2012) A Cross Sectional Study on Prevalence of Acute Respiratory Infections (ARI) in Under-Five Children of Meerut District, India. J Community Med Health Educ 2:176.
Last date updated on September, 2014