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Flesh-eating Buruli ulcer cases discovered in inner Melbourne suburbs

24/02/2021 02:24 PM | Click to read full article

Cases of the flesh-eating Buruli ulcer have been discovered in the Melbourne suburbs of Essendon, Moonee Ponds and Brunswick West.

The Department of Health said a genetic analysis suggested there was a common link to the Melbourne cases. The risk of catching it in the new areas is "low", the department said. The Buruli ulcer is a painful skin lesion that requires early treatment to prevent complications.