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Research Article

Association between Ocular Bacterial Carriage and Follicular Trachoma Following Mass Azithromycin Distribution in The Gambia

  • Sarah E. Burr mail,

    sburr@mrc.gm

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

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  • John D. Hart,

    Affiliation: Department of Clinical Research, Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Disease, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

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  • Tansy Edwards,

    Affiliation: MRC Tropical Epidemiology Group, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

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  • Ignatius Baldeh,

    Affiliation: Medical Research Council Unit, Fajara, Banjul, The Gambia

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  • Ebrima Bojang,

    Affiliation: Medical Research Council Unit, Fajara, Banjul, The Gambia

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  • Emma M. Harding-Esch,

    Affiliation: Department of Clinical Research, Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Disease, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

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  • Martin J. Holland,

    Affiliation: Department of Clinical Research, Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Disease, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

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  • Thomas M. Lietman,

    Affiliation: Francis I. Proctor Foundation for Research in Ophthalmology, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States of America

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  • Sheila K. West,

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

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  • David C. W. Mabey,

    Affiliation: Department of Clinical Research, Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Disease, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

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  • Ansumana Sillah,

    Affiliation: National Eye Health Programe, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Kanifing, The Gambia

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  • Robin L. Bailey

    Affiliation: Department of Clinical Research, Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Disease, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom

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  • Published: July 25, 2013
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0002347

About the Authors

Sarah E. Burr, John D. Hart, Emma M. Harding-Esch, Martin J. Holland, David C. W. Mabey, Robin L. Bailey
Department of Clinical Research, Faculty of Infectious and Tropical Disease, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
Sarah E. Burr, Ignatius Baldeh, Ebrima Bojang
Medical Research Council Unit, Fajara, Banjul, The Gambia
Tansy Edwards
MRC Tropical Epidemiology Group, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, United Kingdom
Thomas M. Lietman
Francis I. Proctor Foundation for Research in Ophthalmology, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States of America
Sheila K. West
Dana Center for Preventive Ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
Ansumana Sillah
National Eye Health Programe, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Kanifing, The Gambia

Corresponding Author

Email: sburr@mrc.gm

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: SEB JDH IB RLB. Performed the experiments: SEB JDH IB EB. Analyzed the data: TE. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: MJH TML SKW DCWM RLB. Wrote the paper: SEB JDH TE EMHE MJH TML SKW DCWM AS RLB. Coordinated the project: SEB JDH AS EMHE. Interpreted the data: SEB TE RLB.