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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 262  

Response to maternal and neonatal risk factors associated with vertical transmission of ophthalmia neonatorum in neonates receiving health care in Blantyre, Malawi


Department of Ophthalmology, University of South Florida Eye Institute, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa, Florida, USA

Date of Web Publication1-Apr-2015

Correspondence Address:
Roshni Ranjit
University of South Florida Eye Institute, 12901 Bruce B. Downs Blvd, MDC 21, Tampa, Florida
USA
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0974-9233.154422

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Ranjit R. Response to maternal and neonatal risk factors associated with vertical transmission of ophthalmia neonatorum in neonates receiving health care in Blantyre, Malawi. Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol 2015;22:262

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Ranjit R. Response to maternal and neonatal risk factors associated with vertical transmission of ophthalmia neonatorum in neonates receiving health care in Blantyre, Malawi. Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2015 [cited 2019 Sep 19];22:262. Available from: http://www.meajo.org/text.asp?2015/22/2/262/154422

Sir,

In response to the letter to the editor regarding the publication written by Ranjit et al. [1] thank you for your comments. I would like to clarify a few of the aforementioned points in the letter. The maternal and neonatal risk factor data were collected by chart review. This was a retrospective study as noted in the original article, and the purpose was to determine the risk factors associated with ophthalmia neonatorum in Blantyre, Malawi. Although a case-control study would have provided different statistical associations and allowed for a prevalence calculation, this was not the purpose of the study. The purpose was to document the risk factors in a retrospective fashion by examining the medical charts from January 2006 to December 2009. The exact microbial etiology was not published in the article because it was not consistently documented in the medical charts. Given the time that ophthalmia neonatorum presented in our sample of patients, the etiology was most likely vertically transmitted from mother to neonate, which was discussed as a proposed mechanism in the original article by Ranjit et al. and discussed in published literature cited in the article by Ranjit et al. as well. Thank you for the comments that allowed to elaborate further on the study.

 
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Ranjit R, Menezes L, Drucker M, Msukwa G, Batumba N. Maternal and neonatal risk factors associated with vertical transmission of ophthalmia neonatorum in neonates receiving health care in Blantyre, Malawi. Middle East Afr J Ophthalmol 2014;21:240-3.  Back to cited text no. 1
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