During a survey of yaws prevalence in the Solomon Islands, we collected samples from skin ulcers of 41 children. Using PCR, we identified Haemophilus ducreyi infection in 13 (32%) children. PCR-positive and PCR-negative ulcers were phenotypically indistinguishable. Emergence of H. ducreyi as a cause of nongenital ulcers may affect the World Health Organization’s yaws eradication program.
Haemophilus ducreyi associated with skin ulcers among children, Solomon Islands
Marks, M., Chi, K-H., Vahi, V., Pillay, A., Sokana, O., Pavluck, A., ... Solomon, AW. (2014). Haemophilus ducreyi associated with skin ulcers among children, Solomon Islands. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 20(10), 1705-1707. https://doi.org/10.3201/eid2010.140573