n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - AIDS briefs

Volume 24, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



Extracted from text ... Zinc is an essential trace element that is important for growth, development and immunity. Zinc deficiency is associated with impaired immune function and an increased risk of infection, particularly diarrhoea and pneumonia. We know that zinc supplementation in children in poor countries can reduce the incidence and severity of diarrhoea and pneumonia and may reduce the morbidity associated with malaria. These findings have introduced the idea of mass zinc supplementation in poor areas. However, the situation in children with HIV-1 infection is not clear-cut. As Raziya Bobat and colleagues point out in a recent paper in the Lancet, there ..

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