Prayer for God to Alleviate Health Concerns Worldwide

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  • Two months after Liberia was declared free of Ebola, three confirmed cases of the deadly disease have emerged in the West African nation on Thursday.
  • Antimicrobial resistance is on the rise. Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. Up to 50% of all the antibiotics prescribed for people are not needed or are not optimally effective as prescribed.
    • The “overuse” and “misuse” of antibiotics in animals and in people in largely to blame for antibiotic resistance. In 2012, most antibiotics in the United States weren’t sold to help humans. Some 80%, or 32.2 million pounds, of antimicrobial agents were for use with animals.
  • The number of children in the United States who have autism spectrum disorder has grown significantly. As of right now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates a growing number of children, one in 68, are believed to have an autism spectrum disorder. That’s a 30% increase from estimates in 2012. In addition, autism spectrum disorder is almost 5 times more common among boys (1 in 42) than among girls (1 in 189).