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Journal of Tropical Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 123843, 8 pages
Research Article

Survey of Water Bugs in Bankim, a New Buruli Ulcer Endemic Area in Cameroon

1Service de Mycobactériologie, Centre Pasteur du Cameroun, Cameroun-Réseau International des Institut Pasteur, BP 1274 Yaoundé, Cameroon
2Biodiversité et Évolution des Complexes Plantes-Insectes Ravageurs-Antagonistes UR-072, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement Cameroun, Yaoundé, Cameroon
3UMR MIVEGEC IRD, CNRS, Universités de Montpellier 1 et 2, Centre IRD de Montpellier, Montpellier, France
4Centre de Recherche sur le Cancer Nantes-Angers, LUNAM, Université de Nantes and Université d'Angers, 49000 Angers, France
5UMR 892, Inserm, 49000 Angers, France
6UMR 6299, CNRS, 49000 Angers, France
7Groupe d’Etude des Interactions Hôte-Pathogène, Université d’Angers, 49000 Angers, France
8Unité d’Epidémiologie des Maladies Emergentes, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
9Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Santé Publique, Centre Interdisciciplinaire BIODIV, EHESP, Montpellier, France
10Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), UR 072, BP1857, Yaoundé, Cameroon
11Laboratoire Evolution, Génomes et Spéciation, UPR 9034, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), 91198 Gif sur Yvette Cedex, France
12Université Paris-Sud 11, 91405 Orsay Cedex, France

Received 15 July 2011; Revised 8 February 2012; Accepted 5 March 2012

Academic Editor: Nildimar Honório

Copyright © 2012 Solange Meyin A. Ebong et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Buruli ulcer is a debitliating human skin disease with an unknown transmission mode although epidemiological data link it with swampy areas. Data available suggest that aquatic insects play a role in the dissemination and/or transmission of this disease. However, their biodiversity and biology remain poorly documented. We conducted an entomological survey in Bankim, Cameroon, an area recently described as endemic for Buruli ulcer in order to identify the commonly occurring aquatic bugs and document their relative abundance, diversity, and spatial distribution. Collection of aquatic bugs was realized over a period of one month by daily direct capture in different aquatic environments (streams, ponds, and rivers) and through light traps at night. Globally, the data obtained showed the presence of five families (Belostomatidae, Naucoridae, Nepidae, Notonectidae, and Gerridae), their abundance, distribution and diversity varying according to the type of aquatic environments and light attraction.