Mycobacterium ulcerans infection in Brazil

Vitorino M dos Santos, Flávio L Noronha, Érica C Vicentina and Camila C Lima
Med J Aust 2007; 187 (1): .
Published online: 2 July 2007

To the Editor: Recent articles in the Journal referred to clinical characteristics of lesions caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans in Australia, and to recommendations and challenges in their management.1-3

  • 1 Department of Internal Medicine, Armed Forces Hospital, Brasilia, DF, Brazil.
  • 2 Catholic University of Brasilia, Brasilia, DF, Brazil.


  • 1. Asiedu K, Wansbrough-Jones M. Mycobacterium ulcerans infection (Buruli or Bairnsdale ulcer): challenges in developing management strategies. Med J Aust 2006; 186: 55-56. <MJA full text>
  • 2. Johnson PDR, Hayman JA, Quek TY, et al. Consensus recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment and control of Mycobacterium ulcerans infection (Bairnsdale or Buruli ulcer) in Victoria, Australia. Med J Aust 2007; 186: 64-68. <MJA full text>
  • 3. Lavender CJ, Senanayake SN, Fyfe JAM, et al. First case of Mycobacterium ulcerans disease (Bairnsdale or Buruli ulcer) acquired in New South Wales. Med J Aust 2006; 186: 62-63. <MJA full text>
  • 4. van der Werf TS, Stienstra Y, Johnson RC, et al. Mycobacterium ulcerans disease. Bull World Health Organ 2005; 83: 785-791.
  • 5. Portaels F, Aguiar J, Debacker M, et al. Mycobacterium bovis BCG vaccination as prophylaxis against Mycobacterium ulcerans osteomyelitis in Buruli ulcer disease. Infect Immun 2004; 72: 62-65.


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