Short report: A placebo-controlled study of Lactobacillus GG colonization in one-to-three-year-old Peruvian children

P. Sheen, R. A. Oberhelman, R. H. Gilman, L. Cabrera, M. Verastegui, G. Madico

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Abstract

A pilot, placebo-controlled study conducted in Peruvian toddlers in a periurban shanty-town community demonstrates that 1) a simple fluorescent antibody test performed on bacteria from colonies grown on solid culture media can be used as a presumptive screening tool for Lactobacillus GG, 2) Lactobacillus GG powder sprinkled on flavored gelatin as a nutritional supplement is well-accepted by infants and mothers in this population, and 3) daily doses of Lactobacillus GG result in efficient colonization of the gastrointestinal tract of Peruvian infants. This study demonstrates that Lactobacillus GG should be evaluated as an adjunct for diarrhea control programs at the community level as well as in hospital-based settings.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)389-392
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume52
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Parasitology
  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases

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