Trachoma in Libya



Ben-Amer MI

Department of Ophthalmology, Al-Arab Medical University, Benghazi, Libya

Libyan J Infect Dis. 2008;2(2):20-24


Trachoma in Libya is reviewed for the period 1920 to 2007. During this period the prevalence dropped from 80% to zero% in the coast cities and 3% (in a very mild form) in Kufra in the deep desert. A great improvement in the control of active disease is noted but few of the complications of the disease are still prevalent in the older population, again no more than 2.27%. This improvement is mainly due to the changes in socio-economic status of the population and also due to development of health care system in Libya.

Keywords: Trachoma, Libya, Prevalence, Eye disease