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RN search for cases of trachoma in the World Day of Eye Health

Chronic infectious eye disease is considered a major cause of preventable blindness in the world

 
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As part of the celebrations of World Health Day Eye - remembered on Tuesday (10) - the Ministry of Health of Rio Grande do Norte (Sesap) hold, with the population, external ocular examination for diagnosis of trachoma. The examination shall be made by the staff of the State Program Trachoma Control.

Considered to be a leading cause of preventable blindness in the world, trachoma is an eye disease chronic infectious lesion which produces in the conjunctiva and cornea. In areas endemic for the offense, the main reservoirs of the agent - the gram-negative bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis - are children aged 1-10 years with active infection.

The State Program Trachoma Control aims to monitor the epidemiological situation of municipalities and assist them to reach prevalence with values ​​below 5% of the population 1-9 years. This year, the program has been conducting a household survey in areas with poor living conditions and active search for trichiasis, clinical sequela of the disease in rural areas.

The activities developed by the program focus on prevention and treatment of disease. The educational and medical intervention, in partnership with municipalities, contributed to reducing the prevalence of disease in the state. In 2012, the 29,026 persons screened, 398 tested positive for trachoma, which corresponds to a rate of 1.32%, which percentage was 4.81% in 2007.

By submitting trachoma prevalence greater than or equal to 5%, are 17 priority municipalities in the state.

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