Laboratory diagnosis of buruli ulcer

Laboratory diagnosis of buruli ulcer

A manual for health care providers

Publication details

Editors: Françoise Portaels
Number of pages: ix, 105 p.
Publication date: April 2014
Languages: English; French
ISBN: 9789241505703
WHO reference number: WHO/HTM/NTD/IDM/2014.1


This manual provides expert guidance on the laboratory techniques and procedures used in the diagnosis of Buruli ulcer, a disease caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans. Aimed at laboratory technicians and scientists working on this disease, the manual details the exact procedures to follow when performing a range of diagnostic tests. Recommended procedures, intended for use throughout the health system, are presented at levels appropriate for peripheral, district and central services and in accordance with the varying resources, skills and equipment typically found in countries where Buruli ulcer is endemic.