News – AU expert says no need for “big alarm” for carnivorous bacteria in suburbs of Melbourne


Cases of the carnivorous Buruli ulcer have been discovered in the suburbs of Essendon, Moonee Ponds and Brunswick West, Victoria’s Department of Health Said – the first time a non-coastal area has been identified as a potential risk area

Over time, “a handful” of related cases have been discovered, the department said

The bacteria had also been isolated in the feces of a local opossum, but the source was unknown

Tim Stinear of the Doherty Institute in Melbourne said it was initially difficult to know if these people had the disease in their homes or in their seaside vacation homes, where the ulcer was more common

“Recently, we were able to harness the power of genomics to find evidence of local Buruli ulcer transmission in these inner suburbs,” said Professor Stinear

“Yes, it’s a carnivorous disease, but it’s a very slow one that we can treat If we detect them early, it is not a serious infection

Those caused by the bacterium mycobacterium ulcerans (M Ulcerants) can initially be mistaken for an insect bite

Potentially destructive skin lesions known as Buruli or Bairnsdale ulcers can develop over a period of months

“If there are people with a little mosquito bite that doesn’t look quite right, there is a very good diagnostic test,” said Professor Stinear

Professor Stinear leads the research project Beating Buruli, which he said shows that if mosquito numbers are reduced, “We can prevent this disease from spreading to humans”

Usually the ulcer is associated with locations on the Mornington Peninsula, including Rye, Sorrento, Blairgowrie, and Tootgarook

Other coastal areas, including the Bellarine Peninsula and the Frankston and Seaford areas, are at moderate risk

The disease is not person-to-person, and there is no evidence of transmission between possums and humans, according to the department

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News – AU – Expert Says No Reason For “Big Alert” For Carnivorous Bacteria In Inner Suburbs from Melbourne
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