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Seasonal Conjunctivitis Outbreak Reporting for Prevention and Improved Outcomes

About the Study

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Infectious conjunctivitis (pink eye) epidemics are a global burden. These epidemics occur across the United States and affiliated territories, leading to missed school days, missed workdays, and lost wages. Despite the relatively large socioeconomic impact, there exists a limited understanding of these epidemics in the US because outbreaks are sporadic in place and time. Samples are rarely collected for testing. Internationally, epidemics are often larger and more predictable. In many regions, epidemics routinely occur in the same patient population and the same season each year. Therefore, it is important to look beyond the US to global sites to understand the spatial and temporal patterns of the infectious agents involved. In an ever interconnected world, emerging pathogens arising from natural disasters, animal to human transmissions, or co-infections create concern everywhere.

SCORPIO is an international, multi-site study that takes advantage of advances in genomic technologies to enhance our understanding of conjunctivitis epidemics globally by identifying the pathogens involved, characterizing the evolution of pathogen genomes across time and space, and defining the immune responses to these infections. We hope to improve prevention methods and help to curtail spread, thus reducing the burden on cost and human ocular morbidity.

Study Sites

Map with SCORPIO study sites


Institution Site Collaborators City Country
Aravind Eye Hospital Lalitha Prajna, MD, PhD; N. Venkatesh Prajna, MD Madurai India
B.P. Koirala Lions Center for Ophthalmic Studies/Tribhuvan University Meenu Chaudhary, MD Kathmandu Nepal
Centre de Recherche en Santé de Nouna Ali Sie, MD, PhD; Boubacar Coulibaly, MD, PhD Nouna Burkina Faso
Chulalongkorn University Vannarut Satipitakul, MD; Thanapong Somkijrungroj, MD Bangkok Thailand
Eye Program, Ministry of Health Johnson Kasso, MD; Kalbule Willie, MD; Fasihah Taleo Luganville Vanuatu
Hai Yen Vision Institute Huy Tran, MD; Yen Tran, MD Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
Instituto Mexicano de Oftalmología Van Charles Lansing, MD, PhD; Jaime Macías Martínez, MD; José Fernando Pérez Pérez, MD Querétaro City Mexico
Khon Kaen University Wipada Laovirojjanakul, MD Khon Kaen Thailand
Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) Travis Redd, MD, MPH; Winston Chamberlain, MD Portland, OR United States
Pacific Vision Institute of Hawaii Vivien Tham, MD Honolulu, HI United States
Pallas Kliniken Priv.-Doz. Dr. med. Christoph Tappeiner FEBO, Prof. Dr. med David Goldblum Olten Switzerland
Phramongkutklao Hospital Wiwan Sansanayudh, MD Bangkok Thailand
Programme National de Santé Oculaire Abdou Amza, MD, PhD Niamey Niger
Rabin Medical Center Ruti Sella, MD; Lee Terner, MD Petah Tikva Israel
School of Optometry, University of California, Berkeley (UCB) Kuniyoshi Kanai, OD; Meredith Whiteside, OD Berkeley, CA United States
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore Laura Green, MD Baltimore, MD United States
Singapore National Eye Center Jod Mehta, MD, PhD; Yu Chi Liu, MD Singapore Singapore
Hospital Clínico Universidad de Chile Cristhian A. Urzúa, MD Santiago Chile
Taipei Veterans General Hospital Nai-Wen Fan, MD; De-Kuang Hwang, MD Taipei Taiwan-Republic of China
The Save Sight Institute, Sydney Eye Hospital Stephanie Watson, MD, PhD; ; Maria Cabrera Aguas, MD Sydney Australia
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Edmund Tsui, MD Los Angeles, CA United States
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Esmeralda McClean, OD La Jolla, CA United States
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)/Francis I Proctor Foundation See Study Team San Francisco, CA United States
University of Nebraska Medical Center/Truhlsen Eye Institute Steven Yeh, MD Omaha, NE United States
University of Papua New Guinea Jambi Garap, MD National Capital District Papua New Guinea

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