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Glossary for Mycobacterium ulcerans

  • Bacterial diseases: Diseases caused by a bacterial infection
  • Buruli ulcer: Infection by a bacterium called Mycobacterium ulcerans. The infection is most common in tropical and subtropical climates. The method of transmission is uncertain but the bacteria can enter the skin if it is broken (e.g. a cut) or it may possibly be transmitted by certain African aquatic insects or mosquitoes. The ulcers may become deep enough to affect the bone and can thus result in disability or deformity.
  • Conditions involving a pathogen: Medical conditions involving some type of pathogen, such as a virus or bacteria.
  • Mycobacterial infections: Any infection that is caused by a mycobacterial organisms
  • Skin conditions: Any condition that affects the skin
  • Tuberculosis: Bacterial infection causing nodules forming, most commonly in the lung.

 

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