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Despite free of charge biomedical treatment, the cost burden of Buruli ulcer disease (Bu) hospitalisation in Central Cameroon accounts for 25% of households' yearly earnings, surpassing the threshold of 10%, which is generally considered catastrophic for the household economy, and calling into question the sustainability of current Bu programmes. The high(More)
BACKGROUND Victims of Buruli ulcer disease (BUD) frequently report to specialized units at a late stage of the disease. This delay has been associated with local beliefs and a preference for traditional healing linked to a reportedly mystical origin of the disease. We assessed the role beliefs play in determining BUD sufferers' choice between traditional(More)
1 Earlier versions of this paper were presented at a seminar at the sociology department of the K.U.Leuven (20/5/2004), Midis intimes de la Chaire Hoover (Louvain-la-Neuve-25/5/2004), the ESF-workshop 'Towards a European Basic Income' (Barcelona-18/9/2004) and the 10 th BIEN congress (Barcelona – 20/9/2004). We are very grateful to all the participants.(More)
The diversity of Lyme disease (LD) and relapsing fever (RF)-group spirochetes in the metropolitan San Francisco Bay area in northern California is poorly understood. We tested Ixodes pacificus, I. spinipalpis, and small mammals for presence of borreliae in Alameda County in the eastern portion of San Francisco Bay between 2009 and 2012. Analyses of 218(More)
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Five of eight meat cattle died suddenly without showing prior symptoms of disease. The sudden death occurred in connection with the feeding of mouldy tulip bulbs. A short review is given of the use of flower bulbs as cattle feed, the use of herbicides/fungicides in bulb cultivation, and the relevant legislation. Several toxicological aspects that should be(More)
Neglected hens caused annoyance at a graveyard. Following veterinary advice, the authorities used alpha-chloralose-dressed feed in an attempt to sedate the animals, thus facilitating transport to a more suited place. However, the feed was also consumed by other birds. Moreover, the dosage alpha-chloralose appeared to be too high. Hence the resulting(More)
To many people, mathematics may look like series of true statements, with the corresponding irrefutable proofs, ordered in a perfectly logical manner. Perhaps one would expect that the process of writing a mathematical thesis reflects this image. My experiences were quite different. To me it was a time of guesses and doubts, of conjectures, for which proofs(More)