Clinical Study Title:
Outbreak of beriberi among illegal mainland Chinese immigrants at a detention center in Taiwan.
|Plain English Summary:|
|Beriberi is a condition that arises from deficiency of vitamin B1, also known as thiamine. This research study examined the outbreak of beriberi among inmates in Taiwan. A review of the diet of 176 inmates who had symptoms of beriberi was done, and their risk based on this information was done. Of the 176 inmates, about 19% were considered highly probable for having beriberi, and another 40% were considered a possibility for having beriberi. These patients were given thiamine supplements and the symptoms for all 176 inmates cleared up. This suggests that in situations were risk of beriberi is high, a supplement of thiamine, or Vitamin B1, should be given every day.|