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Volume 28, Number 5—May 2022
Research Letter

Mycobacterium lepromatosis as Cause of Leprosy, Colombia

Nora Cardona-CastroComments to Author , María Victoria Escobar-Builes, Héctor Serrano-Coll, Linda B. Adams, and Ramanuj Lahiri
Author affiliations: Colombian Institute of Tropical Medicine–CES University, Antioquia, Colombia (N. Cardona-Castro, M.V. Escobar-Builes, H. Serrano-Coll); US Department of Health and Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Health Systems Bureau, National Hansen’s Disease Program, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA (L.B. Adams, R. Lahiri)

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Mycobacterium lepromatosis real-time quantitative PCR results for samples from 92 multibacillary leprosy patients identified during 2006–2016 in Columbia*

No. (%) positive
Biological samples
Skin biopsies 67 (72.8)
25 (27.2)
Quantitative PCR
RLEP positive (M. leprae) 87 (94.6)
M. lepromatosis and M. leprae positive 5 (5.4)

*RLEP, repetitive element in M. leprae, SSS, slit skin smears.

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