Persistent association of Mycobacterium ulcerans with West African predaceous insects of the family belostomatidae.

Abstract

A number of studies have suggested that Mycobacterium ulcerans, the etiological agent of Buruli ulcer, may be transmitted to humans by insect bites. M. ulcerans has been isolated from a predaceous aquatic insect, and PCR detection of M. ulcerans DNA in aquatic environments suggests that the organism is widely distributed within many invertebrate taxa and… (More)
DOI: 10.1128/AEM.01234-08

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