IVACG Statement on Clustering of Xerophthalmia and Vitamin A Deficiency Within Communities and Families

International Vitamin A Consultative Group
January 1, 1996

This statement recognizes that Vitamin A deficiency is known to affect specific regions of the world and areas within high-risk countries. It is now recognized that vitamin A deficiency also concentrates within high-risk families and communities. Health workers in areas where vitamin A deficiency is endemic should be aware that behind every child they see with xerophthalmia are siblings, mothers, and neighbors with xerophthalmia or those who are vitamin A deficient and, therefore, at high risk of developing it in the near future.

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