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Risk factor for trachoma transmission: flies on child's face


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Flies are feeding on the discharge from the eyes and nose of this little boy in Ethiopia. This puts both him and his mother at risk of infection with Chlamydia trachomatis which causes trachoma, an eye disease that can lead to blindness. Facial washing to remove ocular and nasal discharge helps to reduce attractiveness to flies.


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