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Swabs were taken for isolation of Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae from 112 infants with ophthalmia neonatorum attending a hospital in The Gambia. C. trachomatis was isolated from 37 (33%) and N. gonorrhoeae from 28 (25%), with both organisms being present in three cases (3%). A prospective study of 335 neonates was also undertaken in a Gambian town. Fifty-five infants (16%) showed clinical evidence of ophthalmia neonatorum. C. trachomatis was isolated from nine of these (16%) and N. gonorrhoeae from seven (13%).

Original publication

DOI

10.1080/02724936.1987.11748502

Type

Journal

Annals of tropical paediatrics

Publication Date

09/1987

Volume

7

Pages

177 - 180

Addresses

Medical Research Council Laboratories, The Gambia.

Keywords

Humans, Chlamydia trachomatis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae, Conjunctivitis, Inclusion, Ophthalmia Neonatorum, Prospective Studies, Infant, Newborn, Gambia