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Flesh eating Buruli ulcer cases found in Melbourne inner suburbs



Cases of the flesh-eating Buruli ulcer have appeared in inner-city Melbourne from Victoria’s coastal areas for the first time.

The Department of Health issued a warning that the skin infection, sometimes known as the ‘Bairnsdale ulcer’, has made its way to Essendon, Brunswick West and Moonee Ponds this afternoon.

The disease causes a range of symptoms ranging from mild inflammation of the bite and fever to large, open sores or ulcers that can lead to limb amputation in severe cases.

flesh eating ulcer
The flesh eating infection can cause open sores or ulcers. (Supplied)

The ulcer, which in early stages usually presents as an insect or spider bite, is most frequently found at Rye, Sorrento, Blairgowrie and Tootgarook on the Mornington Peninsula.

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