Buruli ulcer. A disabling infection.

  title={Buruli ulcer. A disabling infection.},
  journal={Prescrire international},
  volume={19 110},
  • Published 2010 in Prescrire international
Buruli ulcers result from an initial skin infection that often leads to extensive tissue necrosis. The causative agent is Mycobacterium ulcerans, a bacterium prevalent in humid, rural tropical areas. Several thousand people are infected each year, especially in Africa, where Buruli ulcers are a source of major disability. A combination of oral rifampicin and injectable streptomycin is effective. Surgical treatment and functional rehabilitation are often necessary. Diagnostic tests suitable for… CONTINUE READING

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