Iron supplements do not boost malaria risk: Study
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Global health experts have warned against giving iron supplements in areas where malaria is rampant, but a study on Tuesday found no rise in cases of the mosquito-borne disease among children who took iron.
However, hospital visits for severe diarrhea episodes were significantly higher among children in Ghana given extra iron, raising questions about its safety, experts said.
Malaria is a leading cause of death among children in sub-Saharan Africa, while iron deficiency is one of the area's most common nutritional deficiencies.
Nearly 2,000 children, aged six months to almost three years old, were part of the randomized study led by Stanley Zlotkin of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.