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WHO guidelines on Buruli ulcer need adjustment
Date:6/18/2010

ted, from a microscopically confirmed Buruli case, antibiotics indeed are of good use. With surgery only, 15% of patients relapse; with parallel use of antibiotics, less than 2% relapse. But antibiotics only, without surgery, make large wounds worse.

Kibadi Kapay who today received a doctorate from Antwerp University for his work and his ITM colleagues advocate faster surgery of large ulcerating lesions, without four weeks of waiting with antibiotics only. The more because patients themselves already wait a long time before consulting a doctor to them the ulcers are inflicted by witchcraft or fate.

The research by Kibadi Kapay demonstrates the need of a better education of the population, but more important, it shows that WHO guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of Buruli ulcers urgently need to be adapted.


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Contact: Anatole Kibadi Kapay
akibadi@yahoo.fr
32-485-477-564
Institute for Tropical Medicine Antwerp
Source:Eurekalert

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