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Rise of flesh-eating ulcers in Australia’s Victoria state leaves scientists searching for answers

People are seen on a beach near Melbourne, in Australia’s Victoria state. Buruli ulcer cases have been found in parts of the inner city, but are more common along the coast. Photo: EPAPeople are seen on a beach near Melbourne, in Australia’s Victoria state. Buruli ulcer cases have been found in parts of the inner city, but are more common along the coast. Photo: EPA

People are seen on a beach near Melbourne, in Australia’s Victoria state. Buruli ulcer cases have been found in parts of the inner city, but are more common along the coast. Photo: EPA

  • Buruli ulcer first emerged in Australia in the early 1900s, but cases have skyrocketed in recent years
  • Much is still unknown about the disease, which can lead to large open wounds, and if untreated, permanent disfigurement and disability

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Joshua Mcdonald

Updated: 8:00am, 11 Apr, 2021

People are seen on a beach near Melbourne, in Australia’s Victoria state. Buruli ulcer cases have been found in parts of the inner city, but are more common along the coast. Photo: EPAPeople are seen on a beach near Melbourne, in Australia’s Victoria state. Buruli ulcer cases have been found in parts of the inner city, but are more common along the coast. Photo: EPA

People are seen on a beach near Melbourne, in Australia’s Victoria state. Buruli ulcer cases have been found in parts of the inner city, but are more common along the coast. Photo: EPA

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