RESPONSE FROM THE AUTHORS
Year : 2018 | Volume
: 43 | Issue : 2 | Page : 136-
Response from the authors (Surti et al)
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. Response from the authors (Surti et al).Indian J Community Med 2018;43:136-136
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. Response from the authors (Surti et al). Indian J Community Med [serial online] 2018 [cited 2019 Sep 23 ];43:136-136
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First of all, we as authors are glad that you went thoroughly to our article and gave an honest feedback.
We accept the fact that our aim was to identify the risk factors responsible for the spread of disease and prevent its further spread, but we limited our quantitative findings to percentages and proportions, because of the inadequacy of sample size, and instead opted for Root cause analysis to identify aforementioned risk factors.
According to the format provided by the journal, where it was mentioned not to write the labels of tables and diagrams repetitively in the manuscript, the doubt you have raised can be cleared. Due to shortage of the words, we could not describe the diagram which itself was, to the most, self-explanatory.
There is always a scope for any study to do better and provide more conclusive results, but it mainly depends on the setting and resources involved in the study. So the limitations of this study have been mentioned in the limitations section which should be considered while interpreting the results.
Sudden upsurge was explained on the basis of the index case, causes of which were deducted by the In-depth interview. It is suspected that this case led to spread the disease amongst other cases due to same clientele, staying in closed group, and staying in the same area and following similar practices.
All the female sex workers undergo routine examination every 3 months (blood tests including HIV, VDRL and if VDRL +ve then followed by TPHA, per vaginum and per speculum examination) as they are beneficiaries of Community Based Organisation, Sahyog, implementing Targeted Intervention under NACO. It is while interpreting their routine tests results, this outbreak had come to light and the study was planned to document the cases and the outbreak.