MYSTERIOUS FLESH-EATING ULCER SPREADS IN AUSTRALIA

DR DANIEL O'BRIEN OF BARWON HEALTH SPECIALISES IN THE RESEARCH AND TREATMENT OF THE CONDITION.

PROFESSOR PAUL JOHNSON OF AUSTIN HEALTH SAID IT'S POSSIBLE THE BACTERIA EXISTS IN POSSUM FAECES AND IS SPREAD TO HUMANS THROUGH MOSQUITO BITES.

Gus Charles still has the scar from a Buruli ulcer which formed after he cut his knee over a year ago.
Researchers are appealing for government funding so they can figure out how to contain the bacteria, which causes a disease called Buruli ulcer.
The federal government has so far provided $2.4 million and the chief medical officer will work with Victorian authorities on new research strategies, a spokesman for Health Minister Greg Hunt said.

A mysterious flesh-eating bug is spreading at unprecedented levels in Victoria, and experts don't know how to stop it. Researchers are appealing for government funding so they can figure out how to contain the bacteria,...

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