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Journal of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology

Journal of Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
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ISSN: 2155-9570

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Tran Anh Thu

Tran Anh Thu

Vietnam

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  • Research Article
    Epidemiology of Fungal Keratitis in North Vietnam
    Author(s): Pham Hong Nhung, Tran Anh Thu, Le Hong Ngoc, Kiyofumi Ohkusu and Takayuki EzakiPham Hong Nhung, Tran Anh Thu, Le Hong Ngoc, Kiyofumi Ohkusu and Takayuki Ezaki

    The epidemiological characteristics and the causative agents of fungal keratitis at the National Ophthalmology hospital, the biggest eye care hospital in North Vietnam were described by using questionnaire and analyzing of ITS region sequences. In 2008, 687 fungal keratitis patients were diagnosed and 363 fungal strains were isolated from these patients. The predominant fungal species isolated was Fusarium spp. (39.6%), followed by Aspergillus spp. (25.9%). No yeast species was isolated. A large proportion of the patients was in the middle decades of life (41-60 years; 51.8%) and worked as farmers in rice fields. Corneal ulceration most often occurred after a superficial corneal injury with organic materials. Medical treatment, especially antibiotic use, were started on 551 (80.1%) of the 687 patients. The study findings have important public health implications for treatment and prev.. View More»

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