HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Use of antibiotic to treat infectious eye disease trachoma may increase risk for reinfection

Use of the antibiotic azithromycin to treat trachoma in Vietnam resulted in an increase in the risk of re-infections, according to a study in the September 27 issue of JAMA.

In 1995, the World Health Organization (WHO) first published data on global blindness and reported that 15 percent of cases were due to trachoma (a contagious bacterial eye disease in which scar tissue forms inside the eyelid and causes infection), making it the second major cause of blindness after cataract. At that time, the WHO estimated that 146 million individuals were in need of treatment for active trachoma to prevent blindness, 10 million were in need of surgery for trachomatous trichiasis (eyelash[es] touching the eye), and 8 million were already blind, according to background information in the article.

In 1996, the WHO designed the SAFE (Surgery for trachomatous trichiasis; Antibiotics for Chlamydia trachomatis (a type of Chlamydia that causes trachoma); Facial cleanliness; and Environmental improvement) strategy with the goal of elimination of blinding trachoma by the year 2020. For the antibiotic arm of the SAFE strategy, the WHO has recommended antibiotic treatment with either topical tetracycline or oral azithromycin for certain categories of patients with active trachoma. Oral azithromycin has become the drug of choice for the SAFE programs because of difficulties concerning administration and adherence with topical tetracycline eye ointment. Despite a number of studies, there has been a lack of sufficient follow-up beyond the final treatment point to determine rates of recurrence of disease and infection and the risk factors that may contribute to each.

Berna Atik, M.D., M.P.H., of Children's Hospital Oakland Research Institute, Oakland, Calif., and colleagues evaluated the effect of targeted oral azithromycin treatment of school age children and their household members in Vietnam on active trachoma and C trachomatis infection rates. Vietnam is
'"/>

Contact: Venita Robinson
510-428-3069
JAMA and Archives Journals
26-Sep-2006


Page: 1 2

Related medicine news :

1. UCLA researchers awarded $9M contract for study identifiying antibiotic treatment for MRSA
2. New contracts support clinical trials on antibiotic-resistant, community-acquired staph infections
3. Plants uptake antibiotics
4. Community-associated staph infections involving antibiotic-resistant bacteria increase
5. Researchers discover how antibiotic inhibits bacterial growth
6. Study finds antibiotic resistance in poultry even when antibiotics were not used
7. Rapid flu testing is associated with decreased antibiotic use in hospitalized adults
8. Rapid flu tests may reduce threat of antibiotic resistance
9. Antibiotic ear drops favored over popular oral antibiotics for ear infections
10. Controlling antibiotics and antibiotic resistance in hospitals
11. Transmission of antibiotic-resistant bacteria linked to previous intensive care unit room occupants

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:5/28/2017)... ... May 28, 2017 , ... Viewers likely know Rob Lowe from such ... also noted for his work on NBC’s The West Wing and Parks and Recreation. ... new series “Informed,” which puts the spotlight on important modern-day issues that face today’s ...
(Date:5/27/2017)... ... May 27, 2017 , ... From May 21-23, hearing healthcare ... three-day event was held at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown Hotel in Syracuse, New York. ... and network of independent hearing healthcare providers to help them stay ahead in the ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... May 26, 2017 , ... ... gather at Boston CEO 2017 on May 30th and 31st at The Four ... forum for leading executives in the life sciences, offering exclusive access to key ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... A new analysis of community health data ... are located in the Midwest. With the average cost of healthcare rising and the ... with both the quality and affordability of where they live. An annual 2017 report ...
(Date:5/26/2017)... ... May 26, 2017 , ... After raising nearly $30,000 on ... will continue to be available at a discounted crowdfunding price on Indiegogo . ... they are, I also wanted to bring a fidget toy to the market that ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/9/2017)... 2017 Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and ... announced it has earned a spot on Forbes, ... Company was ranked among 500 U.S. employers as well ... Equipment and Services. The annual Forbes ... independent survey of over 30,000 employees across 25 industries. ...
(Date:5/9/2017)... 2017  Semler Scientific, Inc. (OTCQB: SMLR), an ... improve the clinical effectiveness and efficiency of healthcare ... quarter ended March 31, 2017. ... to identify when preventive care options are appropriate, ... heart attacks or strokes occur," said Doug ...
(Date:5/6/2017)... , May 5, 2017   Provista , a ... more than 200,000 customers, today announced Jim Cunniff ... wealth of executive and business experience to Provista, including most ... pharmacy in California . He assumed his ... "Jim is a great fit for Provista," says Jody ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: