Cases of the flesh-eating Buruli ulcer have been discovered in the Melbourne suburbs of Essendon, Moonee Ponds and Brunswick West, Victoria’s Department of Health has said — the first time a non-coastal area has been identified as a potential area of risk.
- 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
A “handful” of cases had been discovered over a period of time which are linked, the department said.
The bacteria had also been isolated in the faeces of a local possum but the source had not been…