Seasonal effects in the elimination of trachoma.


Lee, DC; Chidambaram, JD; Porco, TC; Lietman, TM; (2005) Seasonal effects in the elimination of trachoma. The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene, 72 (4). pp. 468-70. ISSN 0002-9637

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Abstract

: The World Health Organization currently recommends annual mass antibiotic treatment to eliminate the ocular chlamydia that cause blinding trachoma. Active trachoma is believed to be seasonal in many areas of the world, and the optimal season in which to treat has not as yet been established. Here we use mathematical models of disease transmission to demonstrate that ideally, treatment should be administered before the low season to have the greatest chance of locally eliminating infection.<br/>

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Diseases > Dept of Clinical Research
PubMed ID: 15827288
Web of Science ID: 228303400020
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/834620

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