Haemophilus ducreyi associated with skin ulcers among children, Solomon Islands

Emerg Infect Dis. 2014 Oct;20(10):1705-7. doi: 10.3201/eid2010.140573.


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.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Chancroid / epidemiology*
  • Chancroid / microbiology*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Female
  • Haemophilus ducreyi / isolation & purification*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Melanesia
  • Polymerase Chain Reaction
  • Skin Ulcer / epidemiology*
  • Skin Ulcer / microbiology*