Volume 38, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



In some areas of endemic trachoma, muscoid flies may play a significant role in transmission of this serious eye infection. A simple and practical method of quantifying the relative household density of synanthropic flies has been developed for use in epidemiological field surveys. The method uses two boards moistened with a 10% sucrose solution. The fly scores showed good reproducibility at the same sampling site during the day and on different days. The only flies identified were , showing their local density and a significant association of this fly with the presence of inflammatory trachoma in children.


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