Vitamin d and tuberculosis status in refugee children

Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2012 May;31(5):521-3. doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e3182456c55.

Abstract

Vitamin D deficiency and tuberculosis (TB) are associated in adults, but data in children are scarce. We screened refugee children routinely for vitamin D status and TB. Vitamin D values were significantly lower in latent TB (n = 81) and TB infection (n = 11) than in children without TB (n = 236). We conclude that refugee children with TB have reduced vitamin D levels.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Australia / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Latent Tuberculosis / complications*
  • Latent Tuberculosis / epidemiology
  • Latent Tuberculosis / ethnology
  • Male
  • Refugees / statistics & numerical data*
  • Seasons
  • Sex Factors
  • Tuberculosis / complications*
  • Tuberculosis / epidemiology
  • Tuberculosis / ethnology
  • Vitamin D Deficiency / complications*
  • Vitamin D Deficiency / epidemiology
  • Vitamin D Deficiency / ethnology