Trachoma in Australia

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Trachoma in Australia

27 April 2016

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Trachoma is the leading infectious cause of blindness in the world. Trachoma is most prevalent in developing nations, Australia is the only Western high income country with trachoma.

Trachoma is a concern for Australia majorly in the tri-state area along those state borders between Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory. Around 1 percent of Indigenous Australians have a problem with trachoma.

How does it spread?  Trachoma is spread with the discharge from the eye of an infected person and can be treated with surgery.  In Australia, work is underway which is focused on facial hygiene and environmental improvement aspect.

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