Tuesday, 18 Jun 2019

Terrible, a flesh-eating ulcer epidemic is spreading rapidly in Australia


The Buruli ulcer epidemic in VictoriaThe Buruli ulcer epidemic in Victoria

A tragic incident occured in Australia. A flesh-eating ulcer epidemic is spreading rapidly in the Kangaroo continent, and experts have no idea what is causing the massive spike in infections or how to prevent the disease.

That incident occured to a Melbourne youngster Gus Charles started complaining of a lump on his knee not long after a family holiday in Sorrento on the Mornington Peninsula. 

Saw his injuries, his family come two GPs and visited the hospital three times before he got a correct diagnosis when a surgeon sliced into the lump and discovered a huge pus-filled abscess.

As the result, the number of infected victims are increasing, at least 275 new reported cases in Victoria.

The Buruli ulcer epidemic that also known as as Bairnsdale ulcer or Daintree ulcer, it causes severe destructive lesions of skin and soft tissue which affects all age groups, including young children.

The Medical Journal of Australia are calling for an urgent scientific response, because every day, the numbers of victim in regional areas of the state was increase than last year.

The Buruli ulcer epidemic was developed from native and domestic mammals including possums, dogs, cats and koalas. The effect from this epidemic are loss of limbs, long-term disability and cosmetic deformity. 

Infectious diseases consultant Associate Professor Daniel O'Brien from health care provider Barwon Health said the most cases have occurred on the Mornington and Bellarine peninsulas, but, most cases are reported from the temperate south-eastern state of Victoria.

Professor O'Brien called on governments to inject funding into research to find out why the disease was growing in Victoria. 

A Department of Health and Human Services spokesman said they was monitoring the disease and also possum faeces from several locations that almost USD 800,000 had been spent on research in Victoria over the past decade.


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