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Spatio-temporal Patterns and Landscape-Associated Risk of Buruli Ulcer in Akonolinga, Cameroon

Abstract : Background: Buruli ulcer (BU) is an extensively damaging skin infection caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans, whose transmission mode is still unknown. The focal distribution of BU and the absence of interpersonal transmission suggest a major role of environmental factors, which remain unidentified. This study provides the first description of the spatio-temporal variations of BU in an endemic African region, in Akonolinga, Cameroon. We quantify landscape-associated risk of BU, and reveal local patterns of endemicity.
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Jordi Landier, Jean Gaudart, Kevin Carolan, D Lo Seen, Jean-François Guégan, et al.. Spatio-temporal Patterns and Landscape-Associated Risk of Buruli Ulcer in Akonolinga, Cameroon. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Public Library of Science, 2014, ⟨10.1371/journal.pntd.0003123⟩. ⟨hal-01307475⟩

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