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Buruli ulcer: Mycobacterium ulcerans infection 

Buruli ulcer: Mycobacterium ulcerans infection
Buruli ulcer: Mycobacterium ulcerans infection

Wayne M. Meyers

, Bouke de Jong

, and Françoise Portaels



Aetiology—discussion of data from whole genome sequencing of M. ulcerans.

Epidemilogy and transmission—role of possums as reservoir in South Eastern Australia.

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date: 28 September 2021

Buruli ulcer is caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans, which secretes a cytotoxic and immunosuppressive toxin, mycolactone. The disease is characterized by necrosis of skin, subcutaneous tissue, and bone, and is re-emerging as a potentially disabling affliction of inhabitants of tropical wetlands. Major foci are in West and Central Africa, but there are minor endemic foci in Australia, Mexico, South America, and South-East Asia. It is not contagious; environmental sources include water, vegetation, and insects, with humans probably becoming infected by traumatic introduction of the bacillus into the skin from the overlying ...

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