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    Victoria is in the midst of a flesh-eating ulcer outbreak
    21 hours ago
    3AW Breakfast

    Victoria is facing an outbreak of flesh-eating Buruli ulcers, with a 400 per cent increase the number of reported cases in the last four years.

    Experts are calling for urgent government funding for research into the condition.

    One of those experts is Associate Professor Daniel O’Brien, infectious diseases consultant at Barwon Health. He told 3AW Breakfast that the risk factors for the disease are currently unknown.

    “We don’t 100 percent know how you acquire it and where it lives in the environment. How are we supposed to design effective public health interventions if we don’t know that basic scientific information?” he said.

    “What I’m seeing more and more is people severely affected… and not knowing how to prevent it, and I just think that’s an unacceptable situation.”

    The disease first appeared on the Bellarine Peninsula and has now spread to the Mornington Peninsula....

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    APRIL 26 2018 - 5:59PM

    $3m Vic research to beat flesh-eating bug

    Benita Kolovos
    University of Melbourne professor Tim Stinear will lead a two-year $3 million research project into Buruli ulcer which is believed to be linked to mosquitoes in spreading the bacteria to humans.

    "Southeast Australia is one of the few places outside of west Africa where Buruli ulcer is prevalent," he told the Doherty Institute on Thursday.
    In Victoria, the number of people contracting the disease has increased, with 182 new cases in 2016, 275 in 2017 and 30 so far in 2018 - and experts say there is potential for the disease to affect thousands in the state each year.
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