Complete elimination is a difficult goal for trachoma programs in severely affected communities

Deborah A. Gill, Takele Lakew, Wondu Alemayehu, Muluken Melese, Zhaoxia Zhou, Jenafir I. House, Kevin C. Hong, Kathryn J. Ray, Nandini G Gandhi, John P. Whitcher, Bruce D. Gaynor, Thomas M. Lietman

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Abstract

The World Health Organization has distributed millions of doses of azithromycin to control the ocular chlamydial infection that causes trachoma. Theoretically, a loftier goal of elimination is feasible. Here, we demonstrate that, although local elimination of infection in the most severely affected communities is difficult, it is possible with biannual antibiotic distributions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)564-566
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Volume46
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 15 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Medicine(all)

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    Gill, D. A., Lakew, T., Alemayehu, W., Melese, M., Zhou, Z., House, J. I., Hong, K. C., Ray, K. J., Gandhi, N. G., Whitcher, J. P., Gaynor, B. D., & Lietman, T. M. (2008). Complete elimination is a difficult goal for trachoma programs in severely affected communities. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 46(4), 564-566. https://doi.org/10.1086/526777