A rare skin infection acquired in Benin, Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast),
Gabon, Ghana and Uganda.
is similar to tuberculosis bacteria.
is spread through scratches or cuts on the skin.
It occurs in women and children living near wetlands or rivers in
to travelers is low.
BCG vaccine gives some short-term immunity against the Buruli bacteria.
Symptoms start as a painless but itchy skin swelling which turns
to a destructive ulcer after 4-8 weeks.
The ulcer can remain, disappear or cause local destruction.
with drugs is unsatisfactory and surgery with skin grafting is often
Buruli Ulcer Links
World Health Organization WHO
Cochrane SkinGroup http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/~muzd/protocols/proto36AntiMyc.htm