Mysterious flesh-eating bug affecting Vic

April 16, 2018

Victorian deputy chief health officer Brett Sutton seeks more funding to combat a flesh-eating bug.

A flesh-eating bug is on the rise in regional Victoria and researchers are calling for government funding to stop the spread.

Buruli ulcer, an infectious disease most commonly found in west or central Africa and usually associated with stagnant water, can have devastating impacts on sufferers, including long-term disability and deformity.

"As a community, we are facing a rapidly worsening epidemic of a severe disease without knowing how to prevent it," the researchers said in an article published in The Medical Journal of Australia on Monday.

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