Chlamydia trachomatis serovars of endemic trachoma had been predominantly existed in Japan?

  • Kei Numazaki


In contrast to urogenital chlamydial infection, trachoma is a household disease that has disappeared in Japan as many parts of world because of improved living conditions and hygiene. However, chlamydial inclusion conjunctivitis is still not a rare disease in the outpatient clinics of general Japanese ophthalmologists. The serovars that we identified from Japanese infants and pregnant women were similar to those reported in other studies from non-trachoma-endemic areas and were thought to be mainly urogenital tract-origin. Once Japan was thought to be belong to an endemic area of trachoma as other Asian countries. Chlamydia trachomatis serovars of trachoma-endemic area had been really existed and predominantly associated with trachoma in Japan?

Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management Vol. 8 (2) 2004: 67-69

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