Strategies for control of trachoma: observational study with quantitative PCR.

@article{Solomon2003StrategiesFC,
  title={Strategies for control of trachoma: observational study with quantitative PCR.},
  author={Anthony W Solomon and Martin J Holland and Matthew J Burton and Sheila K West and Neal D. E. Alexander and Aura Aguirre and Patrick A. Massae and Harran A. Mkocha and Beatriz Mu{\~n}oz and Gordon J. Johnson and Rosanna W Peeling and Robin L. Bailey and Allen Foster and David C. W. Mabey},
  journal={Lancet},
  year={2003},
  volume={362 9379},
  pages={198-204}
}
BACKGROUND Antibiotics are an important part of WHO's strategy to eliminate trachoma as a blinding disease by 2020. At present, who needs to be treated is unclear. We aimed to establish the burden of ocular Chlamydia trachomatis in three trachoma-endemic communities in Tanzania and The Gambia with real-time quantitative PCR. METHODS Conjunctival swabs were obtained at examination from 3146 individuals. Swabs were first tested by the qualitative Amplicor PCR, which is known to be highly… CONTINUE READING