10 facts about Buruli ulcer

December 2017

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

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 diagnosed late, the condition can lead to permanent disfigurement and disability.

This fact file features important aspects of Buruli ulcer.

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