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Consensus recommendations for the diagnosis, treatment and control of Mycobacterium ulcerans infection (Bairnsdale or Buruli ulcer) in Victoria, Australia

Paul DR Johnson, John A Hayman, Tricia Y Quek, Janet AM Fyfe, Grant A Jenkin, John A Buntine, Eugene Athan, Mike Birrell, Justin Graham, Caroline J Lavender



Mycobacterium ulcerans causes slowly progressive, destructive skin and soft tissue infections, known as Bairnsdale or Buruli ulcer (BU). Forty-six delegates with experience in the management of BU attended a 1-day conference in Melbourne on 10 February 2006, with the aim of developing a consensus approach to the diagnosis, treatment and control of BU. An initial draft document was extended and improved during a facilitated round table discussion. BU is an environmental infection that occurs in specific locations. The main risk factor for infection is contact with an endemic area. Prompt cleaning of abrasions sustained outdoors, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding mosquito bites may red..

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