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Buruli Ulcer

  • Buruli ulcer is a chronic debilitating skin and soft tissue infection that can lead to permanent disfigurement and disability.

  • It is caused by the Mycobacterium ulcerans bacterium.

  • At least 33 countries with tropical, subtropical and temperate climates have reported Buruli ulcer.

  • Between 5000–6000 cases are reported annually from 15 of the 33 countries.

  • Most cases occur in rural communities in sub-Saharan Africa.

  • Nearly half of people affected in Africa are children under 15.

  • 80% of cases detected early can be cured with a combination of antibiotics.


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