Volume 93, Issue 5
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



Pinta is a neglected, chronic skin disease that was first described in the sixteenth century in Mexico. The World Health Organization lists 15 countries in Latin America where pinta was previously endemic. However, the current prevalence of pinta is unknown due to the lack of surveillance data. The etiological agent of pinta, , cannot be distinguished morphologically or serologically from the not-yet-cultivable subspecies that cause venereal syphilis, yaws, and bejel. Although genomic sequencing has enabled the development of molecular techniques to differentiate the subspecies, comparable information is not available for . Because of the influx of migrants and refugees from Latin America, U.S. physicians should consider pinta in the differential diagnosis of skin diseases in children and adolescents who come from areas where pinta was previously endemic and have a positive reaction in serological tests for syphilis. All stages of pinta are treatable with a single intramuscular injection of penicillin.


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  • Received : 04 May 2015
  • Accepted : 23 Jun 2015
  • Published online : 04 Nov 2015

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