Irma Marcela Romero-Montoya

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OBJECTIVE To evaluate and establish genomic strain typing markers suitable for the identification of transmission patterns of leprosy in different regions of Colombia. DESIGN Patients from Agua de Dios, Barranquilla and Cartagena cities and neighbouring towns were enrolled during 2006-2007. Slit skin smears or biopsies were obtained from newly detected(More)
New cases of leprosy are still being detected in Colombia after the country declared achievement of the WHO defined 'elimination' status. To study the ecology of leprosy in endemic regions, a combination of geographic and molecular tools were applied for a group of 201 multibacillary patients including six multi-case families from eleven departments. The(More)
While leprosy is not considered a public health problem in Colombia, affected children are an important warning sign, demonstrating the challenge of controlling the disease. Herein, we report 12 cases of leprosy in patients 5-17 years of age, summarizing our clinical, micro biological and treatment findings.
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