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Buruli Ulcer, a flesh eating ulcer outbreak

A strange flesh-eating ulcer called as Buruli Ulcer is spreading across Melbourne, prompting authorities to issue a health warning, claiming that it could be transmitted from possums to humans through mosquito bites. Buruli ulcers are an infection caused by bacteria that may be traced back to possums and develop a red, seeping hollow inside a painful circle of inflamed skin.

Several examples of the ‘Buruli’ ulcer have been discovered in the city’s northern suburbs, Pascoe Vale South and Strathmore.

Buruli Ulcer Found In Melbourne

This follows earlier incidents in inner-Melbourne locations such as Essendon, Moonee Ponds, and Brunswick West last year. Despite the caution, Ms Freidman believes that the chance of developing an ulcer in these regions is low, but they have been identified as potential sources of worry.

According to Victorian health officials, the largest risk regions for transmission include Rye, Sorrento, Blairgowrie, and Tootgarook. According to Deborah Friedman, Victoria’s deputy chief health officer for communicable disease, genetic research of the bacteria revealed that it was spread by possums.

The potential source of M. ulcerans in Melbourne’s inner north has not been established, although the bacteria were isolated from the faeces of a local possum,’ Ms Friedman noted. 

It’s also claimed that the sickness isn’t spread from person to person and that no evidence of possum-to-human transmission exists. Mosquitoes are thought to play a role in transmission, hence decreasing mosquito breeding places and preventing mosquito bites are both crucial preventative actions.

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