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A survey to determine the prevalence of leprosy in a community in east Trinidad.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7968184     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
A house-to-house survey was conducted in a community in East Trinidad, where a clustering of cases had been observed. There were 1355 residents, of whom 73.5% had a complete visual skin examination. No new cases of leprosy were found but a variety of skin disorders were diagnosed. The most common disorder was pityriasis versicolor, which is one of the differential diagnoses of hypopigmented skin lesions. This has serious implications for the delayed diagnosis of leprosy. In all, 5 of the 9 old cases residing in the survey area suffered from paucibacillary disease, and had a history of contact with a lepromatous case. They were not listed initially as contacts of this index case. Contact lists should therefore include nonfamilial persons having frequent contact with an index case. The definition of 'frequent' should be determined by each programme. It may also be necessary to review the duration of surveillance of contacts. The survey was estimated to have cost about US $2,500 and was not considered to be cost-effective.
Authors:
M Suite; N B Edinborough; M Lewis; J Tollefson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Leprosy review     Volume:  65     ISSN:  0305-7518     ISO Abbreviation:  Lepr Rev     Publication Date:  1994 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1994-11-28     Completed Date:  1994-11-28     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0243711     Medline TA:  Lepr Rev     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  122-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Hansen's Disease Control Unit (Ministry of Health), Cocorite, Trinidad.
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adolescent
Adult
Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Child
Humans
Leprosy / epidemiology*
Middle Aged
Prevalence
Trinidad and Tobago / epidemiology

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