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Research Article

Clinically Unapparent Infantile Thiamin Deficiency in Vientiane, Laos

  • Sengmanivong Khounnorath,

    Affiliations: Department of Pediatrics, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Wellcome Trust-Mahosot Hospital-Oxford Tropical Medicine Collaboration, Microbiology Laboratory, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic

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  • Karen Chamberlain,

    Affiliation: MRC Human Nutrition Research, Cambridge, United Kingdom

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  • Ann M. Taylor,

    Affiliation: Centre for Tropical Medicine, Churchill Hospital, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Douangdao Soukaloun,

    Affiliations: Department of Pediatrics, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Wellcome Trust-Mahosot Hospital-Oxford Tropical Medicine Collaboration, Microbiology Laboratory, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic

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  • Mayfong Mayxay,

    Affiliations: Wellcome Trust-Mahosot Hospital-Oxford Tropical Medicine Collaboration, Microbiology Laboratory, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Faculty of Postgraduate Studies, University of Health Sciences, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic

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  • Sue J. Lee,

    Affiliations: Centre for Tropical Medicine, Churchill Hospital, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

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  • Bounthom Phengdy,

    Affiliations: Department of Pediatrics, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Wellcome Trust-Mahosot Hospital-Oxford Tropical Medicine Collaboration, Microbiology Laboratory, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic

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  • Khonsavanh Luangxay,

    Affiliations: Department of Pediatrics, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Wellcome Trust-Mahosot Hospital-Oxford Tropical Medicine Collaboration, Microbiology Laboratory, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic

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  • Kongkham Sisouk,

    Affiliations: Department of Pediatrics, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Wellcome Trust-Mahosot Hospital-Oxford Tropical Medicine Collaboration, Microbiology Laboratory, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic

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  • Bandit Soumphonphakdy,

    Affiliations: Department of Pediatrics, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Wellcome Trust-Mahosot Hospital-Oxford Tropical Medicine Collaboration, Microbiology Laboratory, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic

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  • Khaysy Latsavong,

    Affiliations: Department of Pediatrics, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Wellcome Trust-Mahosot Hospital-Oxford Tropical Medicine Collaboration, Microbiology Laboratory, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic

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  • Kongsin Akkhavong,

    Affiliations: Department of Pediatrics, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Wellcome Trust-Mahosot Hospital-Oxford Tropical Medicine Collaboration, Microbiology Laboratory, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic

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  • Nicholas J. White,

    Affiliations: Wellcome Trust-Mahosot Hospital-Oxford Tropical Medicine Collaboration, Microbiology Laboratory, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Centre for Tropical Medicine, Churchill Hospital, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom, Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

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  • Paul N. Newton mail

    paul@tropmedres.ac

    Affiliations: Wellcome Trust-Mahosot Hospital-Oxford Tropical Medicine Collaboration, Microbiology Laboratory, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Centre for Tropical Medicine, Churchill Hospital, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Published: February 22, 2011
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0000969

About the Authors

Sengmanivong Khounnorath, Douangdao Soukaloun, Bounthom Phengdy, Khonsavanh Luangxay, Kongkham Sisouk, Bandit Soumphonphakdy, Khaysy Latsavong, Kongsin Akkhavong
Department of Pediatrics, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Sengmanivong Khounnorath, Douangdao Soukaloun, Mayfong Mayxay, Bounthom Phengdy, Khonsavanh Luangxay, Kongkham Sisouk, Bandit Soumphonphakdy, Khaysy Latsavong, Kongsin Akkhavong, Nicholas J. White, Paul N. Newton
Wellcome Trust-Mahosot Hospital-Oxford Tropical Medicine Collaboration, Microbiology Laboratory, Mahosot Hospital, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Karen Chamberlain
MRC Human Nutrition Research, Cambridge, United Kingdom
Ann M. Taylor, Sue J. Lee, Nicholas J. White, Paul N. Newton
Centre for Tropical Medicine, Churchill Hospital, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
Mayfong Mayxay
Faculty of Postgraduate Studies, University of Health Sciences, Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic
Sue J. Lee, Nicholas J. White
Faculty of Tropical Medicine, Mahidol University, Bangkok, Thailand

Corresponding Author

Email: paul@tropmedres.ac

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: SK DS MM BP KL KS BS KL KA NJW PNN. Performed the experiments: SK KC AMT KL KS BS KL KA. Analyzed the data: SJL PNN. Wrote the paper: SK KC AMT DS MM SJL BP KL KS BS KL KA NJW PNN.