Molecular Characterization of Mycolactone Producing Mycobacteria from Aquatic Environments in Buruli Ulcer Non-Endemic Areas in Côte d'Ivoire.
Int J Environ Res Public Health 2017 Feb 11;14(2). Epub 2017 Feb 11.
Department of Environment and Health, Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d'Ivoire (CSRS), Adiopodoumé, 01 BP 1303, Abidjan 01, Côte d'Ivoire.
Non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM), particularly mycolactone producing mycobacteria (MPM), are bacteria found in aquatic environments causing skin diseases in humans like Buruli ulcer (BU). Although the causative agent for BU, Mycobacterium ulcerans has been identified and associated with slow-moving water bodies, the real transmission route is still unknown. This study aimed to characterize MPMs from environmental aquatic samples collected in a BU non-endemic community, Adiopodoumé, in Côte d'Ivoire. Read More