Buruli Ulcer - A Neglected Disease

3/3/2014 12:00 AM

Buruli ulcer is a little-known disease in Ghana, even though it is highly prevalent in West Africa. Cases have also been found in over 30 countries, including Australia. It starts with a bump on the skin, then swells and if untreated, finally bursts and eats away at the flesh. The disease often goes untreated in Ghana as there are only six buruli ulcer wards for a population of 24 million.Often people are admitted at a late stage, which can mean skin grafts and even amputation.