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Title: Short Report: Buruli Ulcer Control in a Highly Endemic District in Ghana: Role of Community-Based Surveillance Volunteers
Authors: Abass, Kabiru Mohammed
van der Werf, Tjip S.
Phillips, Richard O.
Sarfo, Fred Stephen
Abotsi, Justice
Mireku, Samuel Osei
Thompson, William N.
Asiedu, Kingsley
Stienstra, Ymkje
Sandor-Adrian, Klis
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg.
Citation: Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg., 92(1), 2015, pp. 115–117; doi:10.4269/ajtmh.14-0405
Abstract: Buruli ulcer (BU) is an infectious skin disease that occurs mainly in West and Central Africa. It can lead to severe disability and stigma because of scarring and contractures. Effective treatment with antibiotics is available, but patients often report to the hospital too late to prevent surgery and the disabling consequences of the disease. In a highly endemic district in Ghana, intensified public health efforts, mainly revolving around training and motivating communitybased surveillance volunteers (CBSVs), were implemented. As a result, 70% of cases were reported in the earliest—World Health Organization category I—stage of the disease, potentially minimizing the need for surgery. CBSVs referred more cases in total and more cases in the early stages of the disease than any other source. CBSVs are an important resource in the early detection of BU.
Description: An article published in Am. J. Trop. Med. Hyg., 92(1), 2015, pp. 115–117; doi:10.4269/ajtmh.14-0405
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/13338
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