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Published in: Infection 6/2022

31-05-2022 | Herpes Virus | Correspondence

Acanthamoeba more commonly causes epithelial keratitis than herpes simplex in South-East England contact lens users

Authors: Sara Sanchez, Lana A. Faraj, Denise Wajnsztajn, John K. G. Dart, Alice L. Milligan

Published in: Infection | Issue 6/2022

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In the United Kingdom (UK) and in countries where contact lenses (CL) are commonly used, CL wear has become the major risk factor for microbial keratitis (MK) [1]. Severe keratitis in CL users results from infection by Pseudomonas spp., Fusarium spp. and Acanthamoeba spp. [2]. Acanthamoeba is the least common of these globally, although the incidence has been rising in the last decade in countries where CLs are in widespread use and it is the primary risk factor for infection with AK [1]. The outcomes of AK are poor with approximately 25% of cases having severe loss of vision or requiring corneal transplant surgery [3]. …
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Acanthamoeba more commonly causes epithelial keratitis than herpes simplex in South-East England contact lens users
Sara Sanchez
Lana A. Faraj
Denise Wajnsztajn
John K. G. Dart
Alice L. Milligan
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Infection / Issue 6/2022
Print ISSN: 0300-8126
Electronic ISSN: 1439-0973

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