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Research Article

Detection of Mycobacterium ulcerans in the Environment Predicts Prevalence of Buruli Ulcer in Benin

  • Heather R. Williamson,

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

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  • Mark E. Benbow,

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

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  • Lindsay P. Campbell,

    Affiliation: University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, United States of America

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  • Christian R. Johnson,

    Affiliation: Fondation Raoul Follereau, Allada, Benin

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  • Ghislain Sopoh,

    Affiliation: Buruli Ulcer Control Programme, Cotonou, Benin

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  • Yves Barogui,

    Affiliation: Buruli Ulcer Control Programme, Cotonou, Benin

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  • Richard W. Merritt,

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

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  • Pamela L. C. Small mail

    psmall@utk.edu

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

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  • Published: January 31, 2012
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0001506

About the Authors

Heather R. Williamson, Pamela L. C. Small
University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee, United States of America
Mark E. Benbow
University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, United States of America
Lindsay P. Campbell
University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, United States of America
Christian R. Johnson
Fondation Raoul Follereau, Allada, Benin
Ghislain Sopoh, Yves Barogui
Buruli Ulcer Control Programme, Cotonou, Benin
Richard W. Merritt
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, United States of America

Corresponding Author

Email: psmall@utk.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: HRW MEB LPC CRJ GS PLCS. Performed the experiments: HRW MEB LPC PLCS. Analyzed the data: HRW MEB LPC PLCS. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: HRW MEB LPC CRJ GS YB RM PLCS. Wrote the paper: HRW MEB LPC PLCS.