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Acanthamoeba keratitis: confirmation of the UK outbreak and a prospective case-control study identifying contributing risk factors

Overview of attention for article published in British Journal of Ophthalmology, September 2018
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Title
Acanthamoeba keratitis: confirmation of the UK outbreak and a prospective case-control study identifying contributing risk factors
Published in
British Journal of Ophthalmology, September 2018
DOI 10.1136/bjophthalmol-2018-312544
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Authors

Nicole Carnt, Jeremy J Hoffman, Seema Verma, Scott Hau, Cherry F Radford, Darwin C Minassian, John K G Dart

Abstract

Acanthamoeba keratitis (AK) is a chronic debilitating corneal infection principally affecting contact lens (CL) users. Studies were designed to test claims that the UK incidence may have increased in 2012-2014 and to evaluate potential causes. Annualised incidence data were collected from January 1984 to December 2016. Case-control study subjects were recruited between 14 April 2011 and 05 June 2017. Reusable CL users with AK were recruited retrospectively and prospectively. Controls were reusable CL users, recruited prospectively, with any disorder other than AK. Multivariable analysis of questionnaire data measured independent risk factors for AK. The current outbreak of AK started in 2010-2011 with an incidence threefold higher than in 2004-2009. Risk factors for AK were: Oxipol disinfection, CLs made of group IV CL materials, poor CL hygiene, deficient hand hygiene, use of CLs while swimming or bathing, being white British, and for those in social classes 4-9. AK is a largely preventable disease. The current outbreak is unlikely to be due to any one of the identified risk factors in isolation. Improving CL and hand hygiene, avoiding CLs contamination with water and use of effective CL disinfection solutions, or daily disposable CLs, will reduce the incidence of AK. In the longer-term, water avoidance publicity for CL users can be expected to reduce the incidence further. Ongoing surveillance of AK numbers will identify changes in incidence earlier. Evaluation of Acanthamoeba contamination in end-user drinking water would contribute to our understanding of regional variations in the risk of exposure.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Unknown 23 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Bachelor 6 26%
Researcher 5 22%
Student > Master 4 17%
Student > Doctoral Student 3 13%
Student > Postgraduate 2 9%
Other 3 13%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 12 52%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 3 13%
Unspecified 2 9%
Business, Management and Accounting 1 4%
Environmental Science 1 4%
Other 4 17%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 456. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 27 July 2019.
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#19,436
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Outputs from British Journal of Ophthalmology
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Outputs of similar age from British Journal of Ophthalmology
#1
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