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Micronutrient Supplementation and Clinical Outcomes in Patients with Dengue Fever

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Mija Ververs

Johns Hopkins University and CDC

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1 Dec 2020, 16:02

A new publication: Micronutrient Supplementation and Clinical Outcomes in Patients with Dengue Fever                 

Steven D. Langerman and Mija Ververs

Source: The American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Available online: 30 November 2020

Dengue fever (DF) is a viral infection that is common in tropical countries and represents a significant cause of global morbidity and mortality. Despite its prevalence and severity, treatment options for DF remain limited and consist primarily of supportive measures. Several recent studies have concluded that micronutrient supplementation may improve clinical outcomes in patients with DF, but no review has summarized and synthesized these findings. We conducted a literature review to identify articles investigating the effect of micronutrient supplementation on clinical outcomes among patients with DF. We found several studies which indicated that supplemental vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and zinc may be useful adjuncts in DF treatment. Folic acid supplementation did not appear to affect clinical outcomes. The reviewed studies have significant limitations including small sample sizes and limited data about the baseline nutritional status of study subjects. We identify a need for additional high-quality randomized trials to elucidate the role of micronutrient supplementation in DF treatment.

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