Surgery for Buruli ulcer in the antibiotic era.

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TitleSurgery for Buruli ulcer in the antibiotic era.
Publication TypeJournal Article
AuthorsJohnson PDR
Abbrev. JournalLancet Infect Dis
JournalThe Lancet. Infectious diseases
Year of Publication2018
Publication Languageeng
KeywordsAntibiotic era, Buruli Ulcer, Neglected tropical diseases (NTDs), Surgery

Buruli ulcer is caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans, a toxin-producing environmental pathogen. The infection is acquired by otherwise healthy people who live in Buruli-endemic locations that are not necessarily fixed in space or time. For example, Buruli ulcer is now rare in the Nakasongola district (formerly known as Buruli County) of central Uganda, where it was prevalent in the 1960s but, from the early 1980s, new epidemics of Buruli ulcer have occurred in several countries in west and central Africa, and since the 1990s in Australia.

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