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American Journal of Epidemiology and Infectious Disease. 2019, 7(1), 6-10
DOI: 10.12691/ajeid-7-1-2
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Epidemiological Status of Mycobacterium ulcerans Infections in Togo, 2010 - 2015

Menssah Teko1, Mounerou Salou2, Yaovi-Gameli Afanyibo3, Ebekalisai Piten1, Abiba Banla Kere3 and Yaovi Ameyapoh4,

1Centre Hospitalier Régional de Tsévié, Tsévié, Togo

2Faculté des Sciences de la Santé, Université de Lomé, Lomé, Togo

3Institut National d’Hygiène, Lomé, Togo

4Laboratoire de Microbiologie et de Contrôle de Qualité des Denrées Alimentaires, Ecole Superieure des Techniques Biologiques et Alimentaires, Université de Lomé, Lomé, Togo

Pub. Date: January 09, 2019

Cite this paper:
Menssah Teko, Mounerou Salou, Yaovi-Gameli Afanyibo, Ebekalisai Piten, Abiba Banla Kere and Yaovi Ameyapoh. Epidemiological Status of Mycobacterium ulcerans Infections in Togo, 2010 - 2015. American Journal of Epidemiology and Infectious Disease. 2019; 7(1):6-10. doi: 10.12691/ajeid-7-1-2

Abstract

Buruli ulcer is a mycobacterial disease caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans. The infection affects skin through the production of an exotoxin that causes necrosis of hypodermic fat. Children are the main target of the infection. In Togo, some data are available. This article is a report of the epidemiological situation in the five regions of Togo between 2010 and 2015. Three hundred and fifty-three (353) cases were reported. The Maritime Region, especially Zio District, is the location where most of the cases were recorded. It appears that in-depth studies must be carried out to understand the factors of the elevated numbers of Buruli ulcer cases in the Maritime Region.

Keywords:
Buruli ulcer epidemiology epidemiological status Togo Sub-Saharan Africa

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