Journal article

THE ECOLOGY OF TRACHOMA - AN EPIDEMIOLOGICAL-STUDY IN SOUTHERN MEXICO

HR TAYLOR, FM VELASCO, A SOMMER

BULLETIN OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION | WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION | Published : 1985

Abstract

A total of 1097 people in two communities in Chiapas, Mexico, were examined for trachoma, and information was obtained about personal and family hygiene. Trachoma was hyperendemic; approximately 25% of those under 10 years old were found to have significant inflammatory trachoma and almost 100% of those aged over 40 years had cicatricial trachoma, although the prevalence of trachoma differed significantly between the two communities. Risk factor analysis was performed by contingency table analysis and chi(2) testing. The most important parameter associated with the occurrence and severity of inflammatory trachoma in children was the frequency of face washing. Children who washed their faces ..

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