Flesh-eating infections spreading rapidly in Australia- Warns health authorities

To aware everyone, The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a statement about Buruli ulcer on its website

After Covid-19 again a new infection is spreading rapidly in Australia. Again the new cases of the Buruli ulcer were detected in Australia in the Essendon, Moonee Ponds, and Brunswick areas of Melbourne.

According to the reports, at first, the infection is detected in the coastal areas, and now it is feared that it spread in the non-costal parts of the country.

The horrific skin infection can result in lesions and sufferers may have to resort to extensive surgery if the disease is left untreated.

Till now researchers are unaware of how the Buruli ulcer spreads to humans. They are trying their best to find the main reason behind the outbreak of this infection.

Professor Tim Stinear, from the Doherty Institute in Melbourne, said, “It is a flesh-eating disease but it's a very slow-moving one, one we can treat and if we detect it early then it's not a serious infection."

He also said, "If people present with a small mosquito bite that doesn't look quite right there's a very good diagnostic test."

He added, "If you're given the right antibiotics then there's a really good clinical outcome for people."

The alarm has been raised after detecting multiple cases in Australia. Australian chief health officer Professor Brett Sutton has now issued a health alert.

As per as research, the Buruli ulcer is caused by a bacterium that becomes toxic within the human body. The bacterium also affects the immune system and leads to inflammation and lesions on the skin.

To aware everyone, The World Health Organisation (WHO) has issued a statement about Buruli ulcer on its website.

The WHO statement says, "Buruli ulcer is a chronic debilitating disease caused by an environmental Mycobacterium ulcerans."

"It often affects the skin and sometimes bone and can lead to permanent disfigurement and long-term disability."

"At least 33 countries with tropical, subtropical, and temperate climates have reported Buruli ulcer in Africa, South America, and Western Pacific regions."

"The mode of transmission is not known and there is no prevention for the disease."

The organization goes on to state that, "although the causative organism of Buruli ulcer is an environmental bacterium, the mode of transmission to humans remains unknown.

“The organism produces a unique toxin – mycolactone – that causes the damage to the skin."

“Early diagnosis and treatment are crucial to minimizing morbidity, costs and prevent long-term disability.”

108 views0 comments