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Note: The supplementary table, “Social and clinical details of ten patients with a clinical diagnosis of noma from Laos,” appears online at www.ajtmh.org.
Authors’ addresses: M. Leila Srour, POB 2548, Vientiane, Lao PDR, Telephone: 856-020-5797111, E-mail:
Acknowledgments: The authors thank Bounphasit Sayavong for translations. Leila Srour thanks Mr Sisamone and Mr Moe in Nalae for the wonderful help during treks to remote Lao villages to visit noma patients. The authors thank all who have helped with discussions and information, especially the patients and their families and Mayfong Mayxay. J. Wiebe Mulder and his colleagues of Bridge the Gap, The Netherlands, provided surgical care for noma survivors in Lao. Jon Cermin provided photographs of two noma patients, and Kaying Yang provided translation and support for Hmong patients.
Financial support: There was no specific funding for this study. Paul Newton is supported by the Wellcome Trust of Great Britain. The Wellcome Trust of Great Britain supported travel to find noma patients.
Disclaimer: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
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