Global & Disaster Medicine

Victorian Coast, Australia: Buruli ulcer cases are forecast to increase sixfold in five years

The Age

“……Cases of flesh-eating ulcers in Victorian coastal towns, which have seen some victims require limb amputations, have rapidly increased and spread further into inner Melbourne……..

The gruesome open sores are caused by a bacterium called Mycobacterium ulcerans, which is thought to be spread by mosquitoes and possums and rots tissue……”

Illustration of skin section with ulcer.

 

 


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