Title
Persistence of **Mycobacterium ulcerans** disease (Buruli ulcer) in the historical focus of Kasongo Territory, the Democratic Republic of Congo Persistence of **Mycobacterium ulcerans** disease (Buruli ulcer) in the historical focus of Kasongo Territory, the Democratic Republic of Congo
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences. Pharmacy
Publication type
article
Publication
Baltimore, Md ,
Subject
Human medicine
Source (journal)
The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. - Baltimore, Md
Volume/pages
81(2009) :5 , p. 888-894
ISSN
0002-9637
ISI
000271956500027
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Fifty years after the last report of Mycobacterium ulcerans infections (Buruli ulcer [BU]) in Kasongo Territory, Maniema Province, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), we conducted a small-scale cross-sectional survey to assess if this historical BU focus was still active and if so to explore the disease epidemiology. Seventy-five active and inactive BU cases were identified on clinical grounds of which two of 28 BU active cases were laboratory confirmed. We used a modified BU02 form to reconstruct the local disease dynamics and we believe that the horrific conflict in eastern DRC and exceptional flooding were the most likely causes of the re-emergence of the disease. There is a need in the DRC to decentralize and integrate surveillance and control activities at local level to increase the effectiveness of patient management.
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