Date Published: September 24, 2008
Publisher: Public Library of Science
Author(s): Julius Schachter, Robin Bailey, Chandler R. Dawson, Thomas M. Lietman, Albert I. Ko
Partial Text: The accompanying research report by King and colleagues  describes a trachoma survey performed in Ayod County, southern Sudan. They performed a cross-sectional two-stage cluster survey of trachoma status in November 2006 and found levels of disease that rival those in the most hyper-endemic areas: 88% of children between ages 1 and 9 years had clinically active trachoma and the children were actually starting to show trichiasis (approximately 3%). In those over 14 years of age, 59% had clinically active trachoma, 14.6% had trichiasis, and 6.4% had corneal opacity. Trachoma was present in virtually all households; 98% had at least one person having active trachoma, and one-third of households had individuals with trichiasis.