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Mystery of Australia's flesh-eating disease

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Adam Noel thought it was just a mosquito bite. He'd noticed the slightly raised, red mark on the back of his ankle about a week before, but it wasn't getting better. The doctors thought it was some kind of skin irritation. Two more weeks went by, but his heel now had a hole in it. "There is something very strange going on," he thought, so he drove himself to Austin Hospital in Melbourne to have it looked at again.

It was April 2020 and the coronavirus pandemic had a firm grip on Australia. Staff were overwhelmed. The doctors told him the wound would heal up soon enough. Instead, after a few more days, you could see his Achilles tendon through the now table tennis ball-sized hole in his flesh. So back to hospital he went, this time to St Vincent's, one of Australia's leading hospitals.

They kept him in for about a week taking biopsies before finally confirming the cause of Noel's ordeal. It was Buruli ulcer: a bacterial disease that can cause large open wounds and, if untreated, lead to permanent disfigurement.

Full article at BBC Futiure: Link

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Flesh-eating Buruli ulcer cases discovered in inner Melbourne suburbs

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.

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 established.

https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-02-23/flesh-eating-buruli-ulcer-cases-discovered-in-inner-melbourne/13184224

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Buzz_Light_Year

Australia! The land of if it doesn't kill you outright, it'll slowly eat you.

I couldn't imagine having my flesh slowly disappear.

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Modelling predicts hundreds of cases of flesh-eating Buruli disease in Victoria

the australian

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