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Water, trachoma and conjunctivitis

The incidence of eye infections in a community is generally accepted as an indicator of the adequacy of water supply for their needs. However, discrepancies in the published results from various studies seem to challenge this view. The published data on trachoma in relation to the most relevant indicators of water accessability have been reanalysed, using prevalence ratios as the single parameter for risk assessment. A definite trend emerges from this review: the incidence of infectious conjunctivitis is not sensitive to differences in water accessability; on the other hand, a reduction in the risk of trachoma is consistently associated with better access to water.

TitleWater, trachoma and conjunctivitis
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1989
AuthorsProst, A., Negrei, A.D.
Paginationp. 9-18: tab.
Date Published1989-01-01
Keywordsaccess to water, conjunctivitis, ghb, household hygiene, trachoma, water collection journey, water quantity
Abstract

The incidence of eye infections in a community is generally accepted as an indicator of the adequacy of water supply for their needs. However, discrepancies in the published results from various studies seem to challenge this view. The published data on trachoma in relation to the most relevant indicators of water accessability have been reanalysed, using prevalence ratios as the single parameter for risk assessment. A definite trend emerges from this review: the incidence of infectious conjunctivitis is not sensitive to differences in water accessability; on the other hand, a reduction in the risk of trachoma is consistently associated with better access to water.

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