oa South African Medical Journal - Trachoma in the South African Bantu : a survey in Sekukuniland

Volume 26, Issue 17
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



Photographs of clinical trachoma and of inclusion bodies are presented to prove that trachoma exists amongst the South African Bantu. Trachoma was found in 94% of the children in 2 villages near the Jane Furse Memorial Hospital in Sekukuniland. Of the 503 children examined, 68 had apparently normal lids. When 47 of these cases were examined by loupe, 38 were found to have pannus. This indicates that trachoma heals not infrequently without scarring but leaves diagnostic blood vessels in the cornea.

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