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Buruli ulcer is a chronic infection that affects the skin, sometimes the bones, and which can cause permanent deformity. The mode of transmission of this disease is still unknown: it is therefore difficult to prevent it. Sleeping sickness, or African trypanosomiasis is linked to a parasite, transmitted by tsetse flies, in some twenty countries in sub-Saharan Africa. . It affects animals like humans and if left untreated, it can be fatal. The number of cases has dropped sharply over the past 10 years, but vigilance is required to confirm this progress.
What do we know about these two neglected tropical diseases? Where is the research on the subject? How to make the correct diagnosis? What treatments exist or are being developed?
- Dr Jean Jannin, President of the Francophone Society of Tropical Medicine and International Health, ex-Society of Exotic Pathology
- Dr Dramane Kaba, Physician Entomologist-Researcher, Research Master at the National Institute of Public Health. Director ofPierre Richet Institute (IPR) in Bouaké in Ivory Coast (research center of the National Institute of Public Health). And also member of the management committee of LAMIVECT International Joint Laboratory on Vector Diseases.
- Dr. Vincent Jammoneau, parasitology researcher atResearch Institute for Development (IRD), has been conducting research on sleeping sickness for more than 20 years, mainly in West Africa, and, since 2016, has been coordinating an elimination project in Côte d’Ivoire
- Pr Jacques Chandenier, Professor Emeritus of Parasitology, Mycology, and Tropical Medicine Faculty of Medicine of Tours. Secretary General of the Francophone Society of Tropical Medicine. Treasurer of theFrench Society of Medical Mycology.
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