Chlamydial Infection : A Clinical and Public Health Perspective

Chlamydial Infection : A Clinical and Public Health Perspective

by Carolyn M. Black
     
 

New insights into one of the world's most common infectious diseases Chlamydiae are obligate intracellular bacteria that cause one of the most common sexually transmitted infectious diseases in the world. The infection disproportionately impacts women and the highest prevalence of infection is found in adolescents. Most chlamydial infections are asymptomatic.

Overview

New insights into one of the world's most common infectious diseases Chlamydiae are obligate intracellular bacteria that cause one of the most common sexually transmitted infectious diseases in the world. The infection disproportionately impacts women and the highest prevalence of infection is found in adolescents. Most chlamydial infections are asymptomatic. Untreated infections are sources of further spread of infection and can lead to serious consequences including pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility and chronic pelvic pain. Chlamydial infections also increase a person's susceptibility to HIV and other STDs. Featuring contributions by internationally recognized experts in epidemiology, infectious disease research and chlamydial biology, this book provides up-to-date reviews from a clinical and public health perspective on chlamydia epidemiology and control programs, genomics and pathogenicity, diagnosis, treatment, host immune responses, and the latest on the search for an effective vaccine. Also included are chapters on the impact of chlamydial infection on specific populations such as the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, and an update on the outbreak in Europe of the invasive chlamydial infection, lymphogranuloma venereum or LGV. This comprehensive publication is intended for clinicians, public health workers and scientists with interest in sexually transmitted diseases, medical microbiology, infectious diseases and clinical research.

Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Anne L. O'Keefe, MD, MPH (Douglas County NE Health Department)
Description: This volume in a series on emerging and reemerging infectious diseases focuses on the latest clinical and public health issues surrounding sexually-transmitted genital infections caused by Chlamydia trachomatis in humans.
Purpose: The editor gathers internationally recognized experts to provide the latest information and to fill a gap in the literature on both the clinical and public health aspects of this sexually-transmitted infection. The book does not attempt to cover chlamydial diseases of the eye or lung, nor diseases caused by other chlamydial species, which are well covered elsewhere.
Audience: While explicitly aimed at medical scientists and clinical practitioners, the book also would benefit those involved in the massive public health efforts to address this complex problem, from public health policy makers to disease surveillance practitioners.
Features: The book is part comprehensive review and part primer on emerging issues and affected populations. Although it contains relatively few illustrations, the book provides thorough coverage of topics including current epidemiology, prevention, and control; pathogenicity, diagnosis, and treatment; and immunology and vaccine development. Other chapters focus on maternal and infant infections, infection among sexual minorities, and lymphogranuloma venereum (LGV), an uncommon but increasingly important disease among men who have sex with men.
Assessment: This is a good, up-to-date, clinical and public health reference for clinicians and scientists involved in the care, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with chlamydial infection. Additionally, and perhaps more importantly, it provides a good perspective for public health practitioners and policy makers about interpreting surveillance data in a setting where case reports may increase due to increased screening efforts and improvements in testing sensitivity.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9783318023985
Publisher:
S Karger Ag
Publication date:
06/19/2013
Pages:
161
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 10.20(h) x 0.60(d)

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