Buruli Ulcer: A ‘Flesh-Eating’ Infection

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Cases of the ‘flesh-eating’ Buruli ulcer have increased significantly in Victoria over recent years. Until 2015 there were less than 100 cases annually; however, since 2017, there have now been between 200 and 340 cases every year. But what exactly is this illness, why is it described as ‘flesh-eating’ and is it a cause for concern?

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Buruli ulcer is a chronic bacterial infection causing necrosis of the skin and underlying tissue. It's caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium ulcerans, which produces a toxin known as mycolactone - this weakens the body’s immune response and is toxic to the cells, resulting in extensive tissue damage, ulceration and skin loss. If left untreated, this ulceration can extend to the nerves, blood vessels, muscles and even bone

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I enjoyed reading about the Buruli flesh eating ulcer. Although a little scary to read, I am happy to know about this and to be more careful around mosquitos. I am now informed of what kind of bite it laves and to get medical help immediately if I am concerned of a bite.
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