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J Pediatr. 1992 Jul;121(1):75-8.

Vitamin A levels in children with measles in Long Beach, California.

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  • 1Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Orange County, Orange, California 92668.


Studies from Africa suggest that vitamin A supplementation may reduce morbidity and mortality rates associated with measles among poorly nourished children. We studied 20 children with measles in Long Beach, Calif., and found that 50% (95% confidence interval; 28% to 72%) were vitamin A deficient. This frequency among presumably well nourished American children supports evaluation of vitamin A status as a part of acute management of measles in the United States.

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