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Epidemiology of Buruli Ulcer Infections, Victoria, Australia, 2011-2016.

Emerg Infect Dis 2018 Nov;24(11):1988-1997

Buruli ulcer (BU) is a destructive soft-tissue infection caused by the environmental pathogen Mycobacterium ulcerans. In response to rising BU notifications in the state of Victoria, Australia, we reviewed all cases that occurred during 2011-2016 to precisely map the time and likely place of M. ulcerans acquisition. Read More

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November 2018
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Genetic characterization of complex isolates circulating in Abuja, Nigeria.

Infect Drug Resist 2018 1;11:1617-1625. Epub 2018 Oct 1.

Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol, Institut d'Investigació Germans Trias i Pujol, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Badalona, Barcelona, Spain,

Objective: Nigeria ranks fourth among the high tuberculosis (TB) burden countries. This study describes the prevalence of drug resistance and the genetic diversity of in Abuja's Federal Capital Territory.

Materials And Methods: Two hundred and seventy-eight consecutive sputum samples were collected from adults with presumptive TB during 2013-2014. Read More

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October 2018
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Arylvinylpiperazine Amides, a New Class of Potent Inhibitors Targeting QcrB of Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

MBio 2018 Oct 9;9(5). Epub 2018 Oct 9.

Global Health Institute, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland

New drugs are needed to control the current tuberculosis (TB) pandemic caused by infection with We report here on our work with AX-35, an arylvinylpiperazine amide, and four related analogs, which are potent antitubercular agents All five compounds showed good activity against and in infected THP-1 macrophages, while displaying only mild cytotoxicity. Isolation and characterization of -resistant mutants to the arylvinylpiperazine amide derivative AX-35 revealed mutations in the gene encoding a subunit of cytochrome oxidase, one of two terminal oxidases of the electron transport chain. Cross-resistance studies, allelic exchange, transcriptomic analyses, and bioenergetic flux assays provided conclusive evidence that the cytochrome is the target of AX-35, although the compound appears to interact differently with the quinol binding pocket compared to previous QcrB inhibitors. Read More

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October 2018
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The changing epidemiology worldwide of Mycobacterium ulcerans.

Epidemiol Infect 2018 Oct 8:1-8. Epub 2018 Oct 8.

Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases,Geelong,Australia.

Mycobacterium ulcerans is recognised as the third most common mycobacterial infection worldwide. It causes necrotising infections of skin and soft tissue and is classified as a neglected tropical disease by the World Health Organization (WHO). However, despite extensive research, the environmental reservoir of the organism and mode of transmission of the infection to humans remain unknown. Read More

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October 2018
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Potential Animal Reservoir of : A Systematic Review.

Trop Med Infect Dis 2018 May 30;3(2). Epub 2018 May 30.

Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, James Cook University, Smithfield, QLD 4878, Australia.

is the causative agent of Buruli ulcer, also known in Australia as Daintree ulcer or Bairnsdale ulcer. This destructive skin disease is characterized by extensive and painless necrosis of the skin and soft tissue with the formation of large ulcers, commonly on the leg or arm. To date, 33 countries with tropical, subtropical and temperate climates in Africa, the Americas, Asia and the Western Pacific have reported cases of Buruli ulcer. Read More

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May 2018
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Mycobacterium ulcerans disease management in Australian patients: the re-emergence of surgery as an important treatment modality.

ANZ J Surg 2018 Sep 21. Epub 2018 Sep 21.

Department of Plastic Surgery, Barwon Health, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

With the demonstration of the effectiveness of antibiotic treatment, the management of Mycobacterium ulcerans disease has changed from a predominantly surgically to a predominantly medically treated disease. However, research among Australian patients has revealed that antibiotic treatment alone is associated with prolonged wound healing times, high rates of treatment toxicity, and the potential for significant tissue destruction associated with severe paradoxical reactions. We present the current state of M. Read More

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September 2018
1.12 Impact Factor

The association of rainfall and Buruli ulcer in southeastern Australia.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 Sep 17;12(9):e0006757. Epub 2018 Sep 17.

University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia.

Background: Buruli ulcer has been increasing in incidence in southeastern Australia with unclear transmission mechanisms. We aimed to investigate the link between rainfall and case numbers in two endemic areas of the state of Victoria; the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsulas.

Methodology: We created yearly and monthly graphs comparing rainfall with local Buruli ulcer incidence for the period 2004-2016 by endemic region and then considered a range of time lag intervals of 0-24 months to investigate patterns of correlation. Read More

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September 2018
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Implementing active community-based surveillance-response system for Buruli ulcer early case detection and management in Ghana.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 Sep 12;12(9):e0006776. Epub 2018 Sep 12.

National BU Control Program, Ghana Health Service Korle-Bu, Accra, Ghana.

Background: Buruli Ulcer (BU) is one of the most neglected debilitating tropical diseases caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans, which causes considerable morbidity and disability. Building on earlier findings that community-based interventions could enhance case detection and reduce treatment dropout and defaulter rates, we established an active surveillance-response system in an endemic sub-district in the Ga West municipality of Ghana to enhance early case detection, diagnosis and treatment to reduce or eliminate severe ulcers and its related disabilities.

Methods: We established surveillance response system, implemented in collaboration with the sub-district disease control officers, selected clinical staff and trained community-based volunteers. Read More

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September 2018

Modelling the spatial distribution of aquatic insects (Order Hemiptera) potentially involved in the transmission of Mycobacterium ulcerans in Africa.

Parasit Vectors 2018 Sep 6;11(1):501. Epub 2018 Sep 6.

Faculty of Infectious & Tropical Diseases, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK.

Background: Biting aquatic insects belonging to the order Hemiptera have been suggested as potential vectors of Mycobacterium ulcerans in endemic areas for Buruli ulcer (BU). If this is the case, these insects would be expected to co-exist with M. ulcerans in the same geographical areas. Read More

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September 2018
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Challenges associated with the treatment of Buruli ulcer.

J Leukoc Biol 2018 Aug 31. Epub 2018 Aug 31.

Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana, Accra, Ghana.

Buruli ulcer (BU), caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans (MU), is the third most important mycobacterial diseases after tuberculosis and leprosy in immunocompetent individuals. Although the mode of transmission remains an enigma, disease incidence has been strongly linked to disturbed environment and wetlands. The blunt of the diseases is recorded in West African countries along the Gulf of Guinea, and children 15 years and below account for about 48% of all cases globally. Read More

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August 2018
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Surgery for Buruli ulcer in the antibiotic era.

Lancet Infect Dis 2018 Sep;18(9):947

Rickmansworth WD3 1HH, UK. Electronic address:

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September 2018
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Drugs for treating Buruli ulcer (Mycobacterium ulcerans disease).

Cochrane Database Syst Rev 2018 08 23;8:CD012118. Epub 2018 Aug 23.

Department of Dermatology, National Center for Global Health and Medicine, 1-21-1 Toyama, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, Japan, 162-8655.

Background: Buruli ulcer is a necrotizing cutaneous infection caused by infection with Mycobacterium ulcerans bacteria that occurs mainly in tropical and subtropical regions. The infection progresses from nodules under the skin to deep ulcers, often on the upper and lower limbs or on the face. If left undiagnosed and untreated, it can lead to lifelong disfigurement and disabilities. Read More

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August 2018
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Human genetics of mycobacterial disease.

Mamm Genome 2018 Aug 16;29(7-8):523-538. Epub 2018 Aug 16.

Program in Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health, Research Institute, McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, QC, Canada.

Mycobacterial diseases are caused by members of the genus Mycobacterium, acid-fast bacteria characterized by the presence of mycolic acids within their cell walls. Claiming almost 2 million lives every year, tuberculosis (TB) is the most common mycobacterial disease and is caused by infection with M. tuberculosis and, in rare cases, by M. Read More

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August 2018
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Shorter-course treatment for Mycobacterium ulcerans disease with high-dose rifamycins and clofazimine in a mouse model of Buruli ulcer.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 Aug 13;12(8):e0006728. Epub 2018 Aug 13.

Department of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University Center for Tuberculosis Research, Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America.

Trial Registration: ClinicalTrials.gov NCT03474198, NCT01659437. Read More

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Low incidence of recurrent Buruli ulcers in treated Australian patients living in an endemic region.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 Aug 13;12(8):e0006724. Epub 2018 Aug 13.

Department of Infectious Diseases, Barwon Health, Geelong, Victoria, Australia.

We examined recurrent Buruli ulcer cases following treatment and assumed cure in a large cohort of Australian patients living in an endemic area. We report that while the recurrence rate was low (2.81 cases/year/1000 population), it remained similar to the estimated risk of primary infection within the general population of the endemic area (0. Read More

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IFN-γ and IL-5 whole blood response directed against mycolactone polyketide synthase domains in patients with infection.

PeerJ 2018 31;6:e5294. Epub 2018 Jul 31.

Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana.

Background: Buruli ulcer is a disease of the skin and soft tissues caused by infection with a slow growing pathogen, . A vaccine for this disease is not available but possesses a giant plasmid pMUM001 that harbours the polyketide synthase (PKS) genes encoding a multi-enzyme complex needed for the production of its unique lipid toxin called mycolactone, which is central to the pathogenesis of Buruli ulcer. We have studied the immunogenicity of enzymatic domains in humans with disease, their contacts, as well as non-endemic areas controls. Read More

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July 2018
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Improving clinical and epidemiological predictors of Buruli ulcer.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 Aug 6;12(8):e0006713. Epub 2018 Aug 6.

Department of Biomedical Sciences, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium.

Background: Buruli ulcer (BU) is a chronic necrotizing infectious skin disease caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans. The treatment with BU-specific antibiotics is initiated after clinical suspicion based on the WHO clinical and epidemiological criteria. This study aimed to estimate the predictive values of these criteria and how they could be improved. Read More

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August 2018
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Tackling the worsening epidemic of Buruli ulcer in Australia in an information void: time for an urgent scientific response.

Med J Aust 2018 Aug;209(3):142

University Hospitals Bristol Education and Research Centre, Bristol, UK.

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August 2018
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Understanding perceptions on 'Buruli' in northwestern Uganda: A biosocial investigation.

Authors:
Georgina Pearson

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 Jul 30;12(7):e0006689. Epub 2018 Jul 30.

Department of International Development, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, United Kingdom.

Background: An understudied disease, little research thus far has explored responses to Buruli ulcer and quests for therapy from biosocial perspective, despite reports that people seek biomedical treatment too late.

Methods And Findings: Taking an inductive approach and drawing on long-term ethnographic fieldwork in 2013-14, this article presents perspectives on this affliction of people living and working along the River Nile in northwest Uganda. Little is known biomedically about its presence, yet 'Buruli', as it is known locally, was and is a significant affliction in this region. Read More

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Sec61 blockade by mycolactone: A central mechanism in Buruli ulcer disease.

Biol Cell 2018 Jul 28. Epub 2018 Jul 28.

Division of Molecular and Cellular Function, School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester, Manchester, M13 9PT, UK.

Infection with Mycobacterium ulcerans results in a necrotising skin disease known as a Buruli ulcer, the pathology of which is directly linked to the bacterial production of the toxin mycolactone. Recent studies have identified the protein translocation machinery of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane as the primary cellular target of mycolactone, and shown that the toxin binds to the core subunit of the Sec61 complex. Mycolactone binding strongly inhibits the capacity of the Sec61 translocon to transport newly synthesised membrane and secretory proteins into and across the ER membrane. Read More

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Perception and incidence of Buruli ulcer in Ogun State, South West Nigeria: intensive epidemiological survey and public health intervention recommended.

Pan Afr Med J 2018 22;29:166. Epub 2018 Mar 22.

Department of Veterinary Public Health and Preventive Medicine, University Of Ibadan, Ibadan, Oyo state, Nigeria.

Introduction: Buruli ulcer (BU) is a highly ranked neglected tropical disease (NTD) of global health importance with increasing incidence in sub-Saharan Africa yet there is paucity of information on the epidemiology of BU in Nigeria. Incidentally, highly BU endemic Benin Republic shares proximity with Nigeria. This study was carried out to establish presence of BU and ascertain the level of BU perception among rural populace in Ogun State, south-west Nigeria. Read More

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August 2018
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Domestic animals infected with Mycobacterium ulcerans-Implications for transmission to humans.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 07 2;12(7):e0006572. Epub 2018 Jul 2.

Department of Bacteriology, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana.

Background: The environmental pathogen, Mycobacterium ulcerans (MU) can infect both humans and animals and cause Buruli ulcer (BU) disease. However, its mode(s) of transmission from the colonized environment to human/animal hosts remain unclear. In Australia, MU can infect both wildlife and domestic mammals. Read More

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July 2018
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Screening of Isocitrate Lyase for Novel Anti-Buruli Ulcer Natural Products Originating from Africa.

Molecules 2018 Jun 27;23(7). Epub 2018 Jun 27.

Department of Parasitology, Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), College of Health Sciences (CHS), University of Ghana, P. O. Box LG 77, Legon, Accra, Ghana.

Buruli ulcer (BU) is caused by and is predominant in both tropical and subtropical regions. The neglected debilitating disease is characterized by chronic necrotizing skin lesions attributed to a mycolactone, which is a macrolide toxin secreted by . The preferred treatment is surgical excision of the lesions followed by a prolonged combination antibiotic therapy using existing drugs such as rifampicin and streptomycin or clarithromycin. Read More

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June 2018
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Integrated approach in the control and management of skin neglected tropical diseases in Lalo, Benin.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 06 25;12(6):e0006584. Epub 2018 Jun 25.

Department of Neglected Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

Background: Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are a group of several communicable diseases prevalent in the tropical and subtropical areas. The co-endemicity of these diseases, the similarity of the clinical signs, and need to maximize limited financial and human resources have necessitated implementation of integrated approach. Our study aims to share the lessons of this integrated approach in the fight against Buruli ulcer (BU), leprosy and yaws in a rural district in Benin. Read More

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June 2018
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Laboratory confirmation of Buruli ulcer cases in Ghana, 2008-2016.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 06 5;12(6):e0006560. Epub 2018 Jun 5.

National Buruli Ulcer Control Program, Ghana Health Service, Accra, Ghana.

Background: Buruli ulcer (BU), a necrotizing skin infection caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans is the third most important mycobacterial disease globally after tuberculosis and leprosy in immune competent individuals. This study reports on the retrospective analyses of microbiologically confirmed Buruli ulcer (BU) cases in seventy-five health facilities in Ghana.

Method/principal Findings: Pathological samples were collected from BU lesions and transported either through courier services or by car directly to the laboratory. Read More

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June 2018
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Mycobacterium ulcerans infection (Buruli ulcer) in French Guiana, South America, 1969-2013: an epidemiological study.

Lancet Planet Health 2017 05 5;1(2):e65-e73. Epub 2017 May 5.

Service de Dermatologie, Cayenne Hospital, Cayenne, French Guiana; Université de Guyane, EA3593 Epidémiologie des Parasitoses Tropicales, Cayenne, French Guiana. Electronic address:

Background: Mycobacterium ulcerans infection is the third most common mycobacterial disease in the world after tuberculosis and leprosy. To date, transmission pathways from its environmental reservoir to humans are still unknown. In South America, French Guiana has the highest reported number of M ulcerans infections across the continent. Read More

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May 2017
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Naturally occurring a loss of a giant plasmid from Mycobacterium ulcerans subsp. shinshuense makes it non-pathogenic.

Sci Rep 2018 May 29;8(1):8218. Epub 2018 May 29.

Department of Mycobacteriology, Leprosy Research Center, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, Tokyo, Japan.

Mycobacterium ulcerans is the causative agent of Buruli ulcer (BU), a WHO-defined neglected tropical disease. All Japanese BU causative isolates have shown distinct differences from the prototype and are categorized as M. ulcerans subspecies shinshuense. Read More

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May 2018
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Molecular detection of Mycobacterium ulcerans in the environment and its relationship with Buruli ulcer occurrence in Zio and Yoto districts of maritime region in Togo.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 05 21;12(5):e0006455. Epub 2018 May 21.

Department for infectious diseases and tropical medicine (DITM), Medical center of the University of Munich (LMU), Munich, Germany.

Background: Buruli Ulcer (BU) is a neglected tropical skin infection caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans. Residence near aquatic areas has been identified as an important source of transmission of M. ulcerans with increased risk of contracting Buruli ulcer. Read More

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May 2018
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Skin disease prevalence study in schoolchildren in rural Côte d'Ivoire: Implications for integration of neglected skin diseases (skin NTDs).

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 05 17;12(5):e0006489. Epub 2018 May 17.

Global Buruli Ulcer Initiative, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.

Background: Early detection of several skin-related neglected tropical diseases (skin NTDs)-including leprosy, Buruli ulcer, yaws, and scabies- may be achieved through school surveys, but such an approach has seldom been tested systematically on a large scale in endemic countries. Additionally, a better understanding of the spectrum of skin diseases and the at-risk populations to be encountered during such surveys is necessary to facilitate the process.

Methods: We performed a school skin survey for selected NTDs and the spectrum of skin diseases, among primary schoolchildren aged 5 to 15 in Côte d'Ivoire, West Africa. Read More

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May 2018
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Buruli (Bairnsdale) ulcer in the setting of long-term adalimumab treatment for Crohn disease.

Intern Med J 2018 05;48(5):603-604

School of Clinical Sciences, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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May 2018
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A protocol for culturing environmental strains of the Buruli ulcer agent, Mycobacterium ulcerans.

Sci Rep 2018 Apr 30;8(1):6778. Epub 2018 Apr 30.

Aix Marseille Université, URMITE, UMR CNRS 7278, IRD 198, INSERM 1095, IHU Méditerranée Infection, Marseille, 13005, France.

Contaminations and fastidiousness of M. ulcerans may have both hamper isolation of strains from environmental sources. We aimed to optimize decontamination and culture of environmental samples to circumvent both limitations. Read More

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April 2018
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Microdeletion on chromosome 8p23.1 in a familial form of severe Buruli ulcer.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 04 30;12(4):e0006429. Epub 2018 Apr 30.

Laboratory of Human Genetics of Infectious Diseases, Necker Branch, Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche Médicale (INSERM) UMR-1163, Paris, France.

Buruli ulcer (BU), the third most frequent mycobacteriosis worldwide, is a neglected tropical disease caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans. We report the clinical description and extensive genetic analysis of a consanguineous family from Benin comprising two cases of unusually severe non-ulcerative BU. The index case was the most severe of over 2,000 BU cases treated at the Centre de Dépistage et de Traitement de la Lèpre et de l'Ulcère de Buruli, Pobe, Benin, since its opening in 2003. Read More

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April 2018
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1 PubMed Central Citation(source)

Does BCG Vaccination Protect Against Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Infection? A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis.

J Infect Dis 2018 Jul;218(5):679-687

Department of Paediatrics, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia.

Background: The incidence of nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) infections is increasing worldwide, particularly NTM lymphadenitis and skin infections (Buruli ulcer). This review summarizes the evidence for the protective effectiveness of BCG vaccination against NTM disease.

Methods: A systematic search using PRISMA guidelines was done for controlled studies investigating the protective effectiveness of BCG vaccination against NTM disease in immunocompetent individuals. Read More

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July 2018
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Delayed versus standard assessment for excision surgery in patients with Buruli ulcer in Benin: a randomised controlled trial.

Lancet Infect Dis 2018 Jun 5;18(6):650-656. Epub 2018 Apr 5.

University of Groningen, Department of Internal Medicine/Infectious Diseases, University Medical Centre Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands. Electronic address:

Background: Surgical intervention was once the mainstay of treatment for Buruli ulcer disease, a neglected tropical disease caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans. Since the introduction of streptomycin and rifampicin for 8 weeks as standard care, surgery has persisted as an adjunct therapy, but its role is uncertain. We investigated the effect of delaying the decision to operate to 14 weeks on rates of healing without surgery. Read More

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June 2018
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22.43 Impact Factor

Surgery for Buruli ulcer in the antibiotic era.

Authors:
Paul D R Johnson

Lancet Infect Dis 2018 Jun 5;18(6):588-589. Epub 2018 Apr 5.

Austin Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC, Australia; WHO Collaborating Centre for Mycobacterium ulcerans, Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory, Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Electronic address:

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June 2018
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Developing a Buruli ulcer community of practice in Bankim, Cameroon: A model for Buruli ulcer outreach in Africa.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 03 27;12(3):e0006238. Epub 2018 Mar 27.

School of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, United States of America.

Background: In the Cameroon, previous efforts to identify Buruli ulcer (BU) through the mobilization of community health workers (CHWs) yielded poor results. In this paper, we describe the successful creation of a BU community of practice (BUCOP) in Bankim, Cameroon composed of hospital staff, former patients, CHWs, and traditional healers.

Methods And Principle Findings: All seven stages of a well-defined formative research process were conducted during three phases of research carried out by a team of social scientists working closely with Bankim hospital staff. Read More

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March 2018
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Wound healing: Natural history and risk factors for delay in Australian patients treated with antibiotics for Mycobacterium ulcerans disease.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 03 19;12(3):e0006357. Epub 2018 Mar 19.

Department of Infectious Diseases, Barwon Health, Geelong, Australia.

Background: Healing times following treatment with antibiotics, and factors that influence healing, have not been reported in Australian patients with Mycobacterium ulcerans.

Methodology/principal Findings: Healing times were determined for all M. ulcerans cases treated by a single physician with antibiotics at Barwon Health, Victoria, from 1/1/13-31/12/16. Read More

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March 2018
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1 PubMed Central Citation(source)

The incubation period of Buruli ulcer (Mycobacterium ulcerans infection) in Victoria, Australia - Remains similar despite changing geographic distribution of disease.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 03 19;12(3):e0006323. Epub 2018 Mar 19.

Department of Infectious Diseases, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia.

Background: Buruli ulcer (BU) is a geographically-restricted infection caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans; contact with an endemic region is the primary risk factor for disease acquisition. Globally, efforts to estimate the incubation period of BU are often hindered as most patients reside permanently in endemic areas. However, in the south-eastern Australian state of Victoria, a significant proportion of people who acquire BU are visitors to endemic regions. Read More

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March 2018
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Subcutaneous Granulomatous Inflammation due to Basidiobolomycosis: Case Reports of 3 Patients in Buruli Ulcer Endemic Areas in Benin.

Case Rep Pathol 2018 10;2018:1351694. Epub 2018 Jan 10.

Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nationalestraat 155, 2000 Antwerpen, Belgium.

Background: Basidiobolomycosis is a rare subcutaneous mycosis, which can be mistaken for several other diseases, such as soft tissue tumors, lymphoma, or Buruli ulcer in the preulcerative stage. Microbiological confirmation by PCR for and culture yield the most specific diagnosis, yet they are not widely available in endemic areas and with varying sensitivity. A combination of histopathological findings, namely, granulomatous inflammation with giant cells, septate hyphal fragments, and the Splendore-Hoeppli phenomenon, can confirm basidiobolomycosis in patients presenting with painless, hard induration of soft tissue. Read More

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January 2018
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Inhibition of Sec61-dependent translocation by mycolactone uncouples the integrated stress response from ER stress, driving cytotoxicity via translational activation of ATF4.

Cell Death Dis 2018 Mar 14;9(3):397. Epub 2018 Mar 14.

Department of Microbial Sciences, School of Biosciences and Medicine, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, GU2 7XH, UK.

Mycolactone is the exotoxin virulence factor of Mycobacterium ulcerans that causes the neglected tropical disease Buruli ulcer. We recently showed it to be a broad spectrum inhibitor of Sec61-dependent co-translational translocation of proteins into the endoplasmic reticulum (ER). An outstanding question is the molecular pathway linking this to its known cytotoxicity. Read More

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Diagnostic Tests for Buruli Ulcer: Clinical Judgment Revisited.

Clin Infect Dis 2018 Aug;67(6):835-836

Infectious Diseases Division, Internal Medicine, and Pulmonary Diseases and Tuberculosis, University of Groningen, University Medical Center Groningen, The Netherlands.

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August 2018
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Diagnostic Accuracy of Clinical and Microbiological Signs in Patients With Skin Lesions Resembling Buruli Ulcer in an Endemic Region.

Clin Infect Dis 2018 Aug;67(6):827-834

Mycobacteriology Unit, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium.

Background: The diagnosis of the neglected tropical skin and soft tissue disease Buruli ulcer (BU) is made on clinical and epidemiological grounds, after which treatment with BU-specific antibiotics is initiated empirically. Given the current decline in BU incidence, clinical expertise in the recognition of BU is likely to wane and laboratory confirmation of BU becomes increasingly important. We therefore aimed to determine the diagnostic accuracy of clinical signs and microbiological tests in patients presenting with lesions clinically compatible with BU. Read More

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August 2018
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8.89 Impact Factor

Implementation of a decentralized community-based treatment program to improve the management of Buruli ulcer in the Ouinhi district of Benin, West Africa.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 03 12;12(3):e0006291. Epub 2018 Mar 12.

School of Anthropology, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, United States of America.

Background: Mycobacterium ulcerans infection, commonly known as Buruli ulcer (BU), is a debilitating neglected tropical disease. Its management remains complex and has three main components: antibiotic treatment combining rifampicin and streptomycin for 56 days, wound dressings and skin grafts for large ulcerations, and physical therapy to prevent functional limitations after care. In Benin, BU patient care is being integrated into the government health system. Read More

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March 2018
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Report of a series of 82 cases of Buruli ulcer from Nigeria treated in Benin, from 2006 to 2016.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 03 9;12(3):e0006358. Epub 2018 Mar 9.

Centre de Dépistage et de Traitement de l'Ulcère de Buruli d'Allada, Ministry of Health, Allada, Bénin.

Background: Nigeria is one of the countries endemic for Buruli ulcer (BU) in West Africa but did not have a control programme until recently. As a result, BU patients often access treatment services in neighbouring Benin where dedicated health facilities have been established to provide treatment free of charge for BU patients. This study aimed to describe the epidemiological, clinical, biological and therapeutic characteristics of cases from Nigeria treated in three of the four treatment centers in Benin. Read More

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March 2018
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BCG vaccines: WHO position paper – February 2018.

Authors:

Wkly Epidemiol Rec 2018 Feb 23;93(8):73-96. Epub 2018 Feb 23.

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February 2018
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Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex genotypes circulating in Nigeria based on spoligotyping obtained from Ziehl-Neelsen stained slides extracted DNA.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 02 15;12(2):e0006242. Epub 2018 Feb 15.

Institut for Integrative Biology of the Cell (I2BC), CEA, CNRS, Univ. Paris Sud, Université Paris-Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France.

Methods: All State TB control programmes in Nigeria were requested to submit 25-50 smear-positive Ziehl-Neelsen (ZN) stained slides for screening during 2013-2014. DNA was extracted from 929 slides for spoligotyping and drug-resistance analysis using microbead-based flow-cytometry suspension arrays.

Results: Spoligotyping results were obtained for 549 (59. Read More

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February 2018
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Comparative Genomics Shows That Mycobacterium ulcerans Migration and Expansion Preceded the Rise of Buruli Ulcer in Southeastern Australia.

Appl Environ Microbiol 2018 Apr 2;84(8). Epub 2018 Apr 2.

Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Since 2000, cases of the neglected tropical disease Buruli ulcer, caused by infection with , have increased 100-fold around Melbourne (population 4.4 million), the capital of Victoria, in temperate southeastern Australia. The reasons for this increase are unclear. Read More

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April 2018
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Community knowledge, perceptions and attitudes regarding leprosy in rural Cameroon: The case of Ekondotiti and Mbonge health districts in the South-west Region.

PLoS Negl Trop Dis 2018 02 12;12(2):e0006233. Epub 2018 Feb 12.

Department of Internal Medicine and Specialties, Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, The University of Yaounde 1, Yaounde, Cameroon.

Background: Although leprosy is one of the oldest diseases known to humanity, it remains largely misunderstood. Misconceptions about leprosy lead to stigma towards people with the disease. This study aimed at exploring the knowledge, perceptions and attitudes regarding leprosy in rural Cameroon. Read More

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February 2018
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