Venkata Raghava Mohan

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BACKGROUND Food security has been a matter of concern in recent years due to the global food crisis and rising food prices. We aimed to study the level of food security in a densely populated urban area in southern India. METHODS A door-to-door survey of 130 households in an urban area in Vellore district, Tamil Nadu was done and information on food(More)
BACKGROUND Porcine cysticercosis is acquired by pigs through consumption of human faeces containing Taenia solium ova and indicates the presence of active transmission of the parasite between pigs and humans. METHODS The prevalence of porcine cysticercosis was assessed by an antigen ELISA and enzyme linked immunoelectrotransfer blot (EITB) for antibodies(More)
BACKGROUND Launched in 1974, the Expanded Program on Immunization (EPI) is estimated to prevent two-three million deaths annually from polio, diphtheria, tuberculosis, pertussis, measles, and tetanus. Additional lives could be saved through better understanding what influences adherence to the EPI schedule in specific settings. METHODS The Etiology, Risk(More)
OBJECTIVES To estimate the prevalence, spatial patterns and clustering in the distribution of soil-transmitted helminth (STH) infections, and factors associated with hookworm infections in a tribal population in Tamil Nadu, India. METHODS Cross-sectional study with one-stage cluster sampling of 22 clusters. Demographic and risk factor data and stool(More)
The importance of mortality data for assessing the health status of any population and for planning disease control and health promotional interventions is well established. A population-based cohort study was conducted in Kaniyambadi Block, a rural block in North Arcot District in Tamil Nadu, India, with a population of approximately 120,000 people living(More)
A health education programme for taeniasis/cysticercosis was implemented and evaluated among schoolchildren and the general community in a rural block in southern India, an area that is endemic for cysticercosis. The baseline survey among 831 participants from three randomly selected villages showed poor knowledge regarding the spread of taeniasis and(More)
BACKGROUND Epilepsy can be associated with profound physical, social and psychological consequences and it has an impact on a person's quality of life. We assessed the quality of life and factors associated with a poor quality of life, among adults with epilepsy in a rural block of Tamil Nadu. METHODS We interviewed 91 epilepsy patients from 20 randomly(More)
Diarrhoeal diseases are major causes of morbidity and mortality in developing countries. This longitudinal study aimed to identify controllable environmental drivers of intestinal infections amidst a highly contaminated drinking water supply in urban slums and villages of Vellore, Tamil Nadu in southern India. Three hundred households with children (<5(More)
INTRODUCTION Hookworm infection is a leading cause of iron deficiency anemia and malnutrition in resource-poor settings. Periodic mass deworming with anthelminthic drugs remains the cornerstone of hookworm control efforts worldwide. Reinfection following treatment occurs, reflecting the human host's inability to acquire immunity following exposure to an(More)