Journal article

Anemia, iron deficiency, meat consumption, and hookworm infection in women of reproductive age in northwest Vietnam

Sant-Rayn Pasricha, Sonia R Caruana, Tran Q Phuc, Gerard J Casey, Damien Jolley, Sally Kingsland, Nong T Tien, Lachlan MacGregor, Antonio Montresor, Beverley-Ann Biggs

AMERICAN JOURNAL OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND HYGIENE | AMER SOC TROP MED & HYGIENE | Published : 2008

Abstract

Iron deficiency anemia poses an important public health problem for women of reproductive age living in developing countries. We assessed the prevalence of iron deficiency and anemia and associated risk factors in a community-based sample of women living in a rural province of northwest Vietnam. A cross-sectional survey, comprised of written questionnaires and laboratory analysis of hemoglobin (Hb), ferritin, transferrin receptor, and stool hookworm egg count, was undertaken, and the soluble transferrin receptor/log ferritin index was calculated. Of 349 non-pregnant women, 37.53% were anemic (Hb < 12 g/dL), and 23.10% were iron deficient (ferritin < 15 ng/L). Hookworm infection was present i..

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