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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 Gandhi, John P. Whitcher, Bruce D. Gaynor and Thomas M. Lietman

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 46, issue 4, pages 564-566
Published in print February 2008 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online February 2008 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/526777
Complete Elimination is a Difficult Goal for Trachoma Programs in Severely Affected Communities

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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.

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Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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