Alert! Horrifying Epidemic of Flesh-Eating Buruli Ulcer Rage in Australia – Doctors Say It’s a Mystery

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Flesh-eating ulcer spreading rapidly in and was called “worsening epidemic” in the state of Victoria.

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Mysterious epidemic

Doctors and scientists in are looking for answers as they continue to investigate a “worsening epidemic” that’s been plaguing the state of Victoria.

The Buruli ulcer, an infection caused by flesh-eating bacteria, typically found in tropical areas and it’s a mystery why the disease had emerged in the temperate climate of Victoria.

“It mainly affects the skin but can also affect the bone,” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states on its website. “Cases are generally seen in the tropics, primarily in West Africa and .”

The ulcers are difficult to treat and patients often experience a recovery period of between 6 and 12 months. 

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Source:  ISSOUF SANOGO/ AFP

“No one understands what’s happening and what’s driving this epidemic,” infectious diseases expert Dr Daniel O’Brien told the BBC. “We can offer clues but not definitive advice. It’s a mystery.”

There have been no reported cases in New South Wales, South or Tasmania.

As for now, doctors do not know how the disease is transmitted to humans but it’s believed to arise from the environment and soil. There are also theories that mosquitoes can carry the bacteria.

“Despite being recognized in Victoria since 1948, efforts to control the disease have been severely hampered because the environmental reservoir and mode of transmission to humans remain unknown,” O’Brien said. “It is difficult to prevent a disease when it is not known how infection is acquired.”

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Alert! Horrifying Epidemic of Flesh-Eating Buruli Ulcer Rage in Australia - Doctors Say It's a Mystery
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