Haemophilus ducreyi causing chronic skin ulceration in children visiting Samoa.

Research paper by James E JE Ussher, Elizabeth E Wilson, Silvana S Campanella, Susan L SL Taylor, Sally A SA Roberts

Indexed on: 20 Apr '07Published on: 20 Apr '07Published in: Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America


Chancroid is a sexually transmitted infection associated with genital ulceration and lymphadenopathy caused by Haemophilus ducreyi. Localized skin infections, in the absence of genital lesions, have not been previously reported. We report 3 cases of lower limb ulceration in children caused by H. ducreyi and postulate that H. ducreyi may be a previously unrecognized cause of chronic skin ulceration.