Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

New research discovers the financial cost of trachoma surveys

The global health community is working to eliminate trachoma, a bacterial disease that causes blindness. Researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have analyzed the costs of surveys that must track trachoma ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Why it's proving hard to eliminate the eye disease trachoma by 2020

Trachoma is a disease that can cause blindness and visual impairment in about 1.9 million people every year. Poor communities in rural areas of countries in Africa, Central and South America, Asia, Australia and the Middle ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Study links high community sanitation coverage to lower risk of trachoma

A global study of water and sanitation coverage has found that community access to sanitation facilities exceeding 80 percent reduces rates of trachoma, a blinding eye disease caused by repeated infection with Chlamydia trachomatis. ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Judging a 'clean face' for trachoma

Part of the control strategy for trachoma—repeated eye infections caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis—is facial cleanliness. Now, researchers reporting in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases have shown that properly ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Climate may play a role in the distribution and prevalence of trachoma

High temperatures and low rainfall are important factors which influence the occurrence and severity of the active stages of trachoma—the most common cause of infectious blindness—according to a new study publishing November ...

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