Buruli ulcer, otherwise known as the flesh-eating disease has been seen in multiple individuals so far. This disease has first sought to be in the coastal areas but has now become more prominent.
39 people have been treated with the Buruli ulcer
Right now, health authorities are still investigating the transfer of this disease from the wildlife onto humans. So far, experts believe that the Buruli ulcer is transferred from mosquitos.
Thus far, the disease or infection is a wound that takes a very long time to heal and will even grow bigger as time goes by. According to 9News, 39 people in Melbourne’s metro have been treated with the Buruli ulcer.
“The ulcer can enlarge over weeks and months.. and they can take months to heal,”Deborah Friedman
Transfer of ulcers is being investigated
In the meantime, health authorities are urging the public to remain calm but encourage that they do consult a doctor if they do have an open wound that isn’t healing.
When infected with Buruli ulcers, the bacterium will make its way under the skin before eventually secreting a toxin that kills the skin.
Scientists believe that infection stems from mosquitos and possums. But this is still being investigated right now. Generally, the spot will look like a mosquito bite and then proceed to grow bigger.
To prevent possible infection with the Buruli ulcer, the public is urged to cover up while working. This will reduce any contact with open wounds in which water can splash over them.