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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
Mireku, Samuel Osei
Thompson, William N.
|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|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Health Sciences|
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