Authors’ addresses: Mirjam I. Bakker, Birgit H. B. van Benthem, Stella M. van Beers, Paul R. Klatser, and Linda Oskam, KIT Biomedical Research, Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen/Royal Tropical Institute, Meibergdreef 39, 1105 AZ Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Telephone: 31-20-566-5450, Fax: 31-20-697-1841, E-mail:
Acknowledgments: We appreciate the permission and active support given by the manager and personnel of Health District Pangkep. We thank all people who were part of the research team: H. Hasan Basri, H. Baso Datu, H. Azis Nur, I. Nengah Sudja, Hj. Asriah, Mr. Saeni, Hj. Rabiah, Amril, Arief, Sufrianti, Syahuni, Romi Usman, Marwani, Syafri, and Mus Jebaru. We are grateful to all the inhabitants of the five islands (Sapuka Besar, Sailus Besar, Kembanglemari, Pelokang, and Tampaang) for their cooperation. We also thank Wim van Brakel, Pieter Feenstra, Jan Hendrik Richardus, and William Faber for critically reading the manuscript and giving their comments.
Financial support: This work was supported by the Netherlands Leprosy Relief.
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