Buruli ulcer

Global Buruli Ulcer Initiative events

Cameroon: International course on microbiology of Mycobacterium ulcerans


28 November – 3 December 2011 | Yaoundé, Cameroon

The targets are scientists and technicians of laboratories involved in laboratory confirmation of Buruli ulcer with the support of Institut Pasteur International Network, Fondation Sanofi-espoir, WHO, Centre Pasteur du Cameroun, Ministry of Public Health Cameroon.

Objective is to provide indispensable knowledge for the detection of M. ulcerans in biological samples. The theoretical and practical sessions will permit the participants amongst several other things to:

  • Improve the quality of laboratory confirmation cases carried out in their respective countries
  • Reach the WHO TAG recommendation to confirm at least 50% of their BU cases.

The deadline for application is September 16, 2011 and there are no registration fees for registration


Volunteers and health-care workers pivotal to early case detection of Buruli ulcer (Mycobacterium ulcerans infection), March 2011


In March, The World Health Organization (WHO) met village volunteers and primary or front-line health-care workers.

Early case detection and control of Buruli ulcer (Mycobacterium ulcerans infection) is crucial. Local support contributes to motivating community involvement in control activities and strengthening public health programmes. Timely detection of patients greatly improves their chances of a full recovery from the disease.


Buruli in the news!

10 July 2014 | Geneva
Clinical epidemiology of laboratory-confi rmed Buruli ulcer in Benin: a cohort
The Lancet , Vol 2 July 2014

20 June 2014 | Geneva
Management of BU–HIV co-infection
Tropical Medicine & International Health, DOI: 10.1111/tmi.12342

18 June 2014 | Geneva
Good data collection is essential for a better understanding of Buruli ulcer
The Lancet Global health, Vol 2, Issue 7

02 January 2014 | Geneva
Accelerated Detection of Mycolactone Production and Response to Antibiotic Treatment in a Mouse Model of Mycobacterium ulcerans Disease.
PloSntds DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0002618


Laboratory confirmation
Guidance on sampling techniques for laboratory-confirmation of Mycobacterium ulcerans infection (Buruli ulcer disease)