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Australas J Dermatol. 2008 May;49(2):98-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-0960.2008.00439.x.

Cutaneous chancroid in a visitor from Vanuatu.

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School of Medicine, James Cook University, Cairns Campus, Cairns, Queensland, Australia.


A 23-year-old woman from Vanuatu presented to an Australian hospital with a 3-week history of a non-healing ulcer on the lower leg. A swab was submitted for a multiplex polymerase chain reaction designed to investigate genital ulcerative conditions. Haemophilus ducreyi was detected and the gene product was subsequently sequenced, confirming the diagnosis of cutaneous chancroid. The lesion responded to intramuscular benzathine penicillin. This report adds further evidence that cutaneous chancroid should be considered in the evaluation of skin ulcers in the south Pacific.

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