Exclusive breastfeeding and clinical malaria risk in 6-month-old infants: A cross-sectional study from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Nicholas F. Brazeau, Martine Tabala, Landry Kiketa, Dyna Kayembe, Jean Lambert Chalachala, Bienvenu Kawende, Bruno Lapika, Steven R. Meshnick, Marcel Yotebieng

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Abstract

The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding (EBF) for the first 6 months of life. However, the effect of EBF on malaria risk remains unclear. In the present study, 137 EBF infants and 358 non-EBF infants from the Democratic Republic of the Congo were assessed for fever and malaria infections by polymerase chain reaction, at 6 months of age. EBF was associated with a reduced risk of clinical malaria (odds ratio = 0.13; 95% confidence interval = 0.00-0.80), suggesting a protective effect of EBF against malaria.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)827-830
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Volume95
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes

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Democratic Republic of the Congo
Breast Feeding
Malaria
Cross-Sectional Studies
Fever
Odds Ratio
Confidence Intervals
Polymerase Chain Reaction
Infection

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  • Parasitology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Virology

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Exclusive breastfeeding and clinical malaria risk in 6-month-old infants : A cross-sectional study from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. / Brazeau, Nicholas F.; Tabala, Martine; Kiketa, Landry; Kayembe, Dyna; Chalachala, Jean Lambert; Kawende, Bienvenu; Lapika, Bruno; Meshnick, Steven R.; Yotebieng, Marcel.

In: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, Vol. 95, No. 4, 10.2016, p. 827-830.

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Brazeau, Nicholas F. ; Tabala, Martine ; Kiketa, Landry ; Kayembe, Dyna ; Chalachala, Jean Lambert ; Kawende, Bienvenu ; Lapika, Bruno ; Meshnick, Steven R. ; Yotebieng, Marcel. / Exclusive breastfeeding and clinical malaria risk in 6-month-old infants : A cross-sectional study from Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. In: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. 2016 ; Vol. 95, No. 4. pp. 827-830.
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