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Soc Sci Med. 1983;17(22):1755-65.

Trachoma in South Africa.


Trachoma remains the most common cause of preventable blindness in certain areas of the northern Transvaal region of South Africa. Results of epidemiological studies in the area indicate that trachoma is a familial disease with young children acting as the main source of infection within the family. Elderly women who have lived in these areas for long periods of time are at greater risk of blindness and impaired vision from the disease. Genital tract carriage of Chlamydia trachomatis is relatively infrequent in these trachoma-endemic areas and no evidence of eye-to-eye transmission of oculo-genital serotypes of C. trachomatis could be demonstrated.

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