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Research Article

Ecology and Transmission of Buruli Ulcer Disease: A Systematic Review

  • Richard W. Merritt mail,

    merrittr@msu.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Entomology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, United States of America

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  • Edward D. Walker,

    Affiliation: Department of Entomology and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, United States of America

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  • Pamela L. C. Small,

    Affiliation: Department of Microbiology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America

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  • John R. Wallace,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, Millersville University, Millersville, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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  • Paul D. R. Johnson,

    Affiliation: Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia

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  • M. Eric Benbow,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, United States of America

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  • Daniel A. Boakye

    Affiliation: University of Ghana, East Legon, Ghana

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  • Published: December 14, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0000911

About the Authors

Richard W. Merritt
Department of Entomology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, United States of America
Edward D. Walker
Department of Entomology and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, United States of America
Pamela L. C. Small
Department of Microbiology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America
John R. Wallace
Department of Biology, Millersville University, Millersville, Pennsylvania, United States of America
Paul D. R. Johnson
Austin Health, Melbourne, Australia
M. Eric Benbow
Department of Biology, University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, United States of America
Daniel A. Boakye
University of Ghana, East Legon, Ghana

Corresponding Author

Email: merrittr@msu.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: RWM EDW PLCS JRW PDRJ MEB. Analyzed the data: RWM EDW DAB. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: PLCS JRW PDRJ MEB DAB. Wrote the paper: RWM. Wrote part of the criteria section of the paper: EDW. Wrote part of the pathogen section: PLCS. Contributed to analyses of particular studies and wrote one section: JRW. Wrote part of the paper on Australia transmission: PDRJ. Wrote part of the landscape epidemiology section: MEB.