10 facts about Buruli ulcer

August 2014

Buruli ulcer: early detection and antibiotic treatment cures this debilitating skin condition

A child in Agogo, Ghana successfully cured with antibiotics.
Anesvad, Spain

Buruli ulcer is an ulcerative skin disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium ulcerans.

It often starts as painless nodules, usually on the arms and legs. These then develop into large ulcers with a whitish-yellow base. Buruli ulcer can be cured with early detection and a combination of antibiotics. But, if poorly managed, the condition can lead to permanent disfigurement and disability.

This fact file features important aspects of Buruli ulcer.

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