Volume 52, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



A pilot, placebo-controlled study conducted in Peruvian toddlers in a periurban shanty-town community demonstrates that 1) a simple fluorescent antibody test performed on bacteria from colonies grown on solid culture media can be used as a presumptive screening tool for GG, 2) GG powder sprinkled on flavored gelatin as a nutritional supplement is well-accepted by infants and mothers in this population, and 3) daily doses of GG result in efficient colonization of the gastrointestinal tract of Peruvian infants. This study demonstrates that GG should be evaluated as an adjunct for diarrhea control programs at the community level as well as in hospital-based settings.


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