This study, conducted by a Bengali and an American research institute, investigated the effects of zinc supplementation in malnourished children with shigellosis (infection of the intestines caused by Shigella bacteria). The study was conducted in a Bengali hospital and included 56 moderately malnourished children between 12 and 59 months. The children received liquid zinc or a placebo twice a day for 2 weeks in addition to conventional therapy (antibiotics). The results showed that children receiving additional zinc recovered significantly faster from this acute illness than the control group. Furthermore, they showed a lower incidence of diarrhea in the 6 months after supplementation. More details can be found in the study.
Roy et al.