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TRIC Agent as a Cause of Neonatal Eye Sepsis

Br Med J 1968; 3 doi: (Published 31 August 1968) Cite this as: Br Med J 1968;3:524
  1. Peter G. Watson,
  2. Douglas Gairdner


    Among 2,700 babies born in a maternity hospital there were 71 (2.6%) cases of eye sepsis, mostly mild. Forty-four of these cases were screened for inclusions of TRIC agent. Four certain positives and a further four very suggestive cases were found—an incidence of 18% of the cases of eye sepsis investigated. The true incidence is probably somewhat higher.

    Follow-up showed that even minimal and transitory eye sepsis from TRIC infection in the neonate can lead to permanent scarring of the conjunctiva and cornea, with or without pannus.