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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 37-39

Incidence of fungal keratitis in Libya: An epidemiological study

1 Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Faculty of Medical Technology, University of Tripoli, Tripoli, Libya
2 Department of Medical Laboratories, Eye Hospital, Tripoli, Libya

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Dr. Ahmed Atia
Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Faculty of Medical Technology, University of Tripoli, Tripoli
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jphpc.jphpc_2_21

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Background and Objectives: Eye infection may lead to loss of visual function or impairment, causing severe disability. The cornea is particularly sensitive, and the amount of scarring or inflammation that is relatively mild in other areas of the body may have a substantial consequence on the cornea. The aim of this study was to assess the occurrence of eye fungal infection among patients attending the Eye Hospital in Tripoli city, Libya. Methods: Seventy-one patients with ocular fungal infections were subjected to clinical and microbiological investigations. They were selected from patients attending the outpatient department, casualty, and floor of Tripoli Eye Hospital. The specimens of the external ocular infections were collected using sterile swab and inoculated to different culture media. Results: The current findings showed that the Aspergillus was the most common causative agent, being responsible for 91.54% of the all cases, it was followed by Candida albicans (8.46%). Conclusion: Knowledge of the pathological course and clinical features of fungal keratitis will undoubtedly be added in early diagnosis and treatment, with reduction in ocular morbidity.

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