Buruli ulcer is caused by infection with the organism Mycobacterium ulcerans. It's found mainly in tropical areas, including West Africa and Australia.
Buruli ulcer often starts as a painless swelling on the arms, legs, or face. Large ulcers eventually develop, usually on the arms or legs.
Treatment involves antibiotics. Left untreated, it can lead to permanent disfigurement and disability.
Last Updated Jun 13, 2017