Trachoma is thought to be endemic over large parts of Southern Sudan, but empirical evidence is limited. While some areas east of the Nile have been identified as highly endemic, few trachoma surveys have been conducted in the remainder of the country. This study aimed to determine whether trachoma constitutes a problem to public health in Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal and Unity state, both located west of the Nile. The authors concluded that trachoma presents a major problem to public health Unity state, while the disease is of low priority in Northern-Bahr-el-Ghazal state. They further suggest that implementation of a population-based prevalence survey is now required in Unity State to generate baseline prevalence data so that trachoma interventions can be initiated and monitored over time.
Citation: Robinson E, Kur LW, Ndyaba A, Lado M, Shafi J, et al. (2010) Trachoma Rapid Assessments in Unity and Northern Bahr-el-Ghazal States, Southern Sudan. PLoS ONE 5(10): e13138. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0013138
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