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Appl Environ Microbiol. 2004 Sep;70(9):5679-81.

Potential role for fish in transmission of Mycobacterium ulcerans disease (Buruli ulcer): an environmental study.

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  • 1Mycobacteriology Unit, Department of Microbiology, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Nationalestraat 155, B-2000 Antwerp, Belgium. meddyani@itg.be

Abstract

This study reports a potential role that fish may play in the transmission of Mycobacterium ulcerans disease (Buruli ulcer). Fish found positive for M. ulcerans DNA all appear to feed on insects or plankton and are believed to concentrate M. ulcerans from this usual food source. These observations provide additional data supporting our previous hypothesis on sources of M. ulcerans and modes of transmission.

PMID:
15345458
PMCID:
PMC520906
DOI:
10.1128/AEM.70.9.5679-5681.2004
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