Cape Town: Respiratory tract infections, including pneumonia, are the biggest killers of children under five years old. But standard antibiotic therapy, given to children with zinc, improved their chances of surviving the infection and was more pronounced in case of HIV-infected children, a study reveals.In a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, 350 children, aged six months to five-years-old, were treated with standard antibiotic therapy at Mulago Hospital, Uganda. Half of them were given zinc and the other half a placebo, the journal journal BMC Medicine reported.
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