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Sante. 2003 Jan-Mar;13(1):39-41.

[Buruli ulcer in Angolese refugees in the Kimpese area, Lower Congo, D.R. Congo].

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D├ępartement de chirurgie, Cliniques universitaires de Kinshasa, BP123, Kinshasa XI, RD Congo.


Many epidemiological studies on Buruli ulcer have established the endemic zones in the Congolese Democratic Republic. But the situation about the areas where the refugees are located in high endemicity zones has not yet been studied. The present study describes the presence of the Mycobacterium ulcerans infection in the angolese refugee populationat Kimpese. The data obtained reveal that 50% of patients in the region are angolese refugees. All patients were infected two years before their insertion. The group most affected are children under 15 with a predominance of masculine patients. The legs were the most affected. The most frequent form is the ulcerative form.

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