Buruli ulcer

WHO publications on Buruli ulcer

Prevention of disability in Buruli ulcer: basic rehabilitation - Practical field guide

The guide contains valuable tools for wound care and the rehabilitation of people affected by Buruli ulcer. It is also helpful for peripheral health centres in areas where Buruli ulcer is endemic and to people and their families affected by the disease.

Buruli ulcer : Prevention of Disability (POD)

This manual is for use by doctors, nurses, rehabilitation specialists, National Buruli ulcer Control Programme managers and other health workers involved in the prevention of disability activities in Buruli ulcer. It provides up-to-date guidelines based on the experience and problems of managing Buruli ulcer in the field as well as the available evidence from other conditions. This manual is intended to be used at health facilities which manage Buruli ulcer. It will be most helpful if it is used in conjunction with a participatory method of training to develop knowledge and skills.

Provisional guidance on the role of specific antibiotics in the management of Mycobacterium ulcerans disease (Buruli ulcer)

Recent research and clinical experience have shown that a combination of rifampicin and an aminoglycoside (streptomycin or amikacin) given for 4-12 weeks with or without surgery is promising in the management of Mycobacterium ulcerans disease (Buruli ulcer). This document is based on available information and expert opinion, to help health workers in affected areas to better manage patient with the disease.

Under revision

Diagnosis of Mycobacterium ulcerans disease (Buruli ulcer)

This manual provides an expert guide to laboratory techniques and procedures used in the diagnosis of Buruli ulcer. Addressed to health care workers and laboratory scientists in endemic countries, it aims to facilitate a better understanding of both the clinical behaviour of the disease and the exact procedures to follow when performing a range of diagnostic tests.

Under revision

Management of Mycobacterium ulcerans disease (Buruli ulcer)

This manual provides an authoritative guide to the diagnosis and clinical management of Buruli ulcer. Addressed to district health care providers, this manual aims to facilitate a better understanding of this difficult disease, its clinical presentation, and its surgical management.

Under revision

Buruli in the news!

10 April 2014 | Geneva
Buruli ulcer is a chronic debilitating skin and soft tissue infection that can lead to permanent disfigurement and disability. Manuals can now guide healthcare workers to improve the diagnosis and treatment of the disease. Early detection can greatly minimize and prevent disability.

PubMed references on Buruli ulcer

Laboratory confirmation

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

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Collaborating Centers

Laboratory Network

The following network of laboratories provide support to national control programmes to confirm Buruli ulcer cases (by PCR, ZN, and culture).

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Global Buruli Ulcer Initiative (GBUI):