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OBJECTIVES To determine the aetiology of urethritis in Bangui, Central African Republic. METHODS 410 men presenting with urethral discharge and 100 asymptomatic controls were enrolled. Urethral swabs were obtained and processed by gonococcal culture and polymerase chain reaction for the detection of Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Chlamydia trachomatis, Mycoplasma(More)
BACKGROUND Acute respiratory infections are the most common cause of death in children in developing countries. Little information is available on risk factors for mortality among African children presenting with symptoms compatible with acute respiratory infections. OBJECTIVE To identify risk factors for death among children hospitalized for respiratory(More)
BACKGROUND Interventions for upgrading sexually transmitted disease (STD) management in sub-Saharan Africa have focused on the public sector, and to a much lower extent on private medical practitioners and pharmacies. However, in most African cities there is a large informal sector that provides care to many patients with STD symptoms. GOAL To compare the(More)
To measure the performance of the current WHO algorithm in identifying children at higher risk of death, children aged 2-59 months who presented with cough and/or difficult breathing and were admitted into the paediatric hospital of Bangui (Central African Republic) during a 1-year period (1996/97) were investigated. Among children with subcostal indrawing,(More)
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