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Indian J Public Health. 1996 Jan-Mar;40(1):13-6.

Undernutrition, vitamin A deficiency and ARI morbidity in underfives.

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  • 1Deptt. of PSM, A.I.I.H. & PH, Calcutta.


In a longitudinal study of 200 randomly selected underfives were followed fortnightly for a period of one calendar year (January to December 91) to ascertain the influence of undernutrition and vitamin A deficiency on the ARI incidence. The study revealed that on an average a child suffered from 5.9 episodes of ARI in one year period. Children who were undernourished or showed signs of vitamin A deficiency had significantly greater risk of AIR attacks.

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