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Persistence of Mycobacterium ulcerans disease (Buruli ulcer) in the historical focus of Kasongo territory, the Democratic Republic of Congo

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dc.contributor.author Suykerbuyk, P.
dc.contributor.author Wambacq, J.
dc.contributor.author Phanzu, D. M.
dc.contributor.author Haruna, H.
dc.contributor.author Nakazawa, Y.
dc.contributor.author Ooms, K.
dc.contributor.author Kamango, K.
dc.contributor.author Stragier, P.
dc.contributor.author Singa, J. N.
dc.contributor.author Ekwanzala, F.
dc.contributor.author De Herdt, E.
dc.contributor.author De Maeyer, P.
dc.contributor.author Kestens, L.
dc.contributor.author Portaels, F.
dc.date.accessioned 2009-12-17T15:47:14Z
dc.date.available 2009-12-17T15:47:14Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.issn 0002-9637
dc.identifier.issn ABSTRACT
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.4269/ajtmh.2009.09-0049
dc.identifier.other ITG-M1B
dc.identifier.other ITG-M3B
dc.identifier.other ITG-M8B
dc.identifier.other ITG-M13A
dc.identifier.other ITG-MLA
dc.identifier.other MICRO
dc.identifier.other U-MYCOB
dc.identifier.other U-IMMUN
dc.identifier.other JIF
dc.identifier.other DOI
dc.identifier.other UPD17
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10390/2840
dc.description.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. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Bacterial diseases en
dc.subject Buruli ulcer en
dc.subject Mycobacterium ulcerans en
dc.subject Epidemiology en
dc.subject Persistence en
dc.subject Transmission dynamics en
dc.subject Environmental factors en
dc.subject Floods en
dc.subject War zones en
dc.subject Kasongo en
dc.subject Congo-Kinshasa en
dc.subject Africa, Central en
dc.title Persistence of Mycobacterium ulcerans disease (Buruli ulcer) in the historical focus of Kasongo territory, the Democratic Republic of Congo en
dc.type Article en
dc.citation.issue 5 en
dc.citation.jtitle American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene en
dc.citation.volume 81 en
dc.citation.pages 888-894 en
dc.identifier.pmid http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19861627
dc.citation.jabbreviation Am J Trop Med Hyg en


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