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Volume 20, Number 10—October 2014

Haemophilus ducreyi Associated with Skin Ulcers among Children, Solomon Islands

Michael MarksComments to Author , Kai-Hua Chi, Ventis Vahi, Allan Pillay, Oliver Sokana, Alex Pavluck, David C. Mabey, Cheng Y. Chen, and Anthony W. Solomon
Author affiliations: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK (M. Marks, D.C. Mabey, A.W. Solomon); Hospital for Tropical Diseases, London (M. Marks, D.C. Mabey; A.W. Solomon); Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (K.-H. Chi, A. Pillay, C.Y. Chen); Ministry of Health and Medical Services, Honiara, Solomon Islands (V. Vahi, O. Sokana); Task Force for Global Health, Atlanta (A. Pavluck)

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Comparison of skin ulcer samples from 41 patients tested for Haemophilus ducreyi, Solomon Islands, 2013*

Characteristic No. (%) samples tested for H. ducreyi by real-time-PCR, 95% CI
p value
Positive, n = 13 Negative, n = 28
Male sex 8 (62), 32%–86% 10 (36), 19%–56% 0.179
Location of lesion on leg 12 (92), 64%–99% 21 (96), 80%–99% 0.561
Duration <4 weeks 7 (54), 25%–81% 14 (54), 33%–73% 0.632
Painful lesion 8 (62), 32%–86% 17 (65), 44%–83% 0.542
Sample TPPA-positive 6 (46), 19%–75% 17 (61), 41%–78% 0.503
Sample TPPA- and RPR-positive 5 (38), 14%–68% 7 (25), 11%–45% 0.469

*TPPA, Treponema pallidum particle agglutination; RPR, rapid plasma regain test.

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