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How many people get bacterial infections?

There are many types of bacterial infections. While most bacteria are harmless, or even helpful, some called pathogens can sicken humans. Many are quite common: Urinary tract infections are one of the most common types of bacterial infection, and women are more likely to be affected than men. Approximately 50 percent of all women will experience a urinary tract infection. Ear infections are the most common type of bacterial infection in children, and the rate of incidence is extremely high. By age 2 approximately 70 percent of US children have had at least one case of acute otitis media (ear infection), more than half with pathogenic bacteria.

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