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Buruli ulcer cases in Sandringham, 20km from Melbourne CBD, experts poised for pesticide spray

Courier Mail 2019-07-20 09:02:00

WARNING: Graphic

A hostile infectious disease that gets under skin, “makes a home for itself” and then eats away at human flesh is on the move in Victoria, experts say.

The cases of Buruli ulcer, also known as Bairnsdale ulcer, have been rising steadily for the last four years.

They were largely contained to the Bellarine and Mornington peninsulas, but the head of the team charged with combating the spread says it’s jumped.

Professor Tim Stinear from the Doherty Institute at the University of Melbourne told cases of Buruli ulcer were being reported in Melbourne’s bayside suburbs.

“There have been cases appearing around Frankston, Seaford and Beaumaris in recent years. We’re now seeing some patients in Blackrock and Sandringham,” Prof Stinear said.

Sandringham is just 20km southeast of the Melbourne CBD.

media_cameraThe danger areas. Graphic: Victoria Health

Prof Stinear reviewed the most recent numbers on Friday this week. He said there had been “roughly 100” cases already this year.