Buruli ulcer

Overview

Buruli ulcer is caused by infection with the organism Mycobacterium ulcerans. It's found mainly in tropical areas, including West Africa and Australia.

Symptoms

Buruli ulcer often starts as a painless swelling on the arms, legs, or face. Large ulcers eventually develop, usually on the arms or legs.

Treatments

Treatment involves antibiotics. Left untreated, it can lead to permanent disfigurement and disability.

Last Updated Jun 13, 2017


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