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Trachoma Prevalence and Associated Risk Factors in The Gambia and Tanzania: Baseline Results of a Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial

  • Emma M. Harding-Esch mail,

    emma.harding-esch@lshtm.ac.uk

    Affiliation: Clinical Research Unit, Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

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  • Tansy Edwards,

    Affiliation: Clinical Research Unit, Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

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  • Harran Mkocha,

    Affiliation: Kongwa Trachoma Project, Kongwa, Tanzania

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  • Beatriz Munoz,

    Affiliation: Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Martin J. Holland,

    Affiliations: Clinical Research Unit, Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom, Medical Research Council Laboratories, Fajara, Banjul, The Gambia

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  • Sarah E. Burr,

    Affiliations: Clinical Research Unit, Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom, Medical Research Council Laboratories, Fajara, Banjul, The Gambia

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  • Ansumana Sillah,

    Affiliation: National Eye Care Programme, Gambian Department of State for Health and Social Welfare, Banjul, The Gambia

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  • Charlotte A. Gaydos,

    Affiliation: Division of Infectious Diseases, Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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  • Dianne Stare,

    Affiliation: Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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  • David C. W. Mabey,

    Affiliation: Clinical Research Unit, Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

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  • Robin L. Bailey,

    Affiliation: Clinical Research Unit, Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

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  • Sheila K. West,

    Affiliation: Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

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  • for the PRET Partnership
  • Published: November 02, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0000861

About the Authors

Emma M. Harding-Esch, Tansy Edwards, Martin J. Holland, Sarah E. Burr, David C. W. Mabey, Robin L. Bailey
Clinical Research Unit, Department of Infectious and Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
Harran Mkocha
Kongwa Trachoma Project, Kongwa, Tanzania
Beatriz Munoz, Dianne Stare, Sheila K. West
Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
Martin J. Holland, Sarah E. Burr
Medical Research Council Laboratories, Fajara, Banjul, The Gambia
Ansumana Sillah
National Eye Care Programme, Gambian Department of State for Health and Social Welfare, Banjul, The Gambia
Charlotte A. Gaydos
Division of Infectious Diseases, Medicine, Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: emma.harding-esch@lshtm.ac.uk

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: DCWM RLB SKW. Performed the experiments: EMH-E HM MJH SEB AS CAG DS. Analyzed the data: TE BM. Wrote the paper: EMH-E TE HM BM MJH SEB AS CAG DS DCWM RLB SKW. Coordinated the project: EMH-E Interpreted the data: EMH-E TE BM DCWM RLB SKW.