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A Buruli ulcer epidemic was declared in the health zone of Bogose Nubea more than 40 kilometers from the town of Gemena, capital of Sud-Ubangi in the North-West of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to the provincial Minister of Health of Sud-Ubangi, doctor Papy Naego Lambo.

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The minister stated that more than 450 cases of this disease commonly called “Mbasu” have been identified in this health zone.

In addition, he stated the cases identified are treated free of charge in the health zone and that some patients are already recovering from the disease.

Buruli ulcer: an overlooked tropical disease

Papy Naego advises the population of the health zone of Bogose Nubea to avoid stagnant water which sometimes contains the bacteria that cause Buruli ulcer.

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Buruli ulcer is a skin infection caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium ulcerans (M. ulcerans). Patients usually develop a painless lump or wound (known as a nodule or papule) which can initially be mistaken for an insect bite. Over time the lesion can slowly progress to develop into a destructive skin ulcer.

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