Funding for this research was provided by:
Armauer Hansen Research Institute
Addis Ababa University
Received: 25 June 2020
Accepted: 23 September 2020
First Online: 29 September 2020
Ethics approval and consent to participate
: Ethical approval was obtained from Addis Ababa University, College of health sciences, department of Medical Microbiology, Immunology and Parasitology research and ethical review committee (DRERC) (Reference Number: DERC//17/18/02-H), and Armauer Hansen Research Institute (AHRI)/All Africa Leprosy Rehabilitation and Training Center ethical review committee (Protocol Number: PO16/18). Written informed consent was obtained from the study participants before including them to the study. Samples were coded to keep the confidentiality of the study participants’ personal information.
: All authors have approved the manuscript for publication.
: The authors declare that they have no competing interests.