by Moritz Vogel, Pierre F. Bayi, Marie-Thérèse Ruf et al.
Clin Infect Dis. (2016) 62 (3): 342-350.
Buruli ulcer (BU) is a necrotizing skin disease most prevalent among West African children. The causative organism, Mycobacterium ulcerans, is sensitive to temperatures above 37°C. Local thermotherapy is therefore a highly effective, simple, cheap and safe treatment. It has in particular potential as home-based remedy for BU suspicious lesions at community level where laboratory confirmation is not available.