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Flesh-eating ulcer spreads to inner Melbourne suburbs




Internationally renowned Buruli ulcer expert Paul Johnson said what was significant about the latest cases was that it appeared the bacterium had been acquired in the inner and north-western suburbs of Melbourne.

Buruli ulcer on a patient’s arm.

“People in places like West Brunswick and Moonee Ponds have had it before, but nobody has really thought that they actually got it there,” Professor Johnson said.

“It has always been thought they’ve got it down the beach like everybody else does, but this time we know that they did get it there. We are absolutely certain that there is a little bit of local transmission, not very much, but in those suburbs as mentioned in the Department of Human Services.”

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