Carnivorous bug is spreading through Australia like a wildfire and doctors have NO idea how to stop it
- Another case of Daintree ulcer in Far North Queensland has been confirmed
- Is supposed to be caused by mosquitoes that transport bacteria to people from the opossum
- The Buruli ulcer has been spread in Australia by more than 400 percent since 2010
- The carnivorous disease is also rampant in Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne
Another warning was given because a carnivorous bug continues to spread across Australia.
Daintree ulcer is an ulcerative skin disease caused by the bacteria Mycobacterium ulcerans.
Another person has been affected by the bug in Far North Queensland, the fifth confirmed case in the region this year.
Also known as Bairnsdale Ulcer, it begins as abnormal tissue growth before it eats through meat and leaves nasty wounds.
Daintree ulcer is an ulcerative skin disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium ulcerans (stock image)
A new case of the malignant carnivorous disease is spreading in Far North Queensland (photo)
The carnivorous ulcer was previously limited to the Daintree and Mossman rivers, north of Cairns, Cairns Post reported.
But the vicious carnivorous disease has moved south to the Mornington Peninsula Victoria, which has affected at least 213 people this year.
Dr. Richard Gair, tropical public health doctor, said research was conducted to determine how the disease only exists in certain regions.
& # 39; So far we have no clear explanation why it is found in any area, including the areas in Victoria or the Daintree Mossman area & he said.
Not much is currently known about the infection, but it is believed that it is spread by mosquitoes, from opossums to humans.
Not much is currently known about the infection, but it is believed that it is transmitted by mosquitoes (stock image)
& # 39; Mossman Daintree area disease research has been ongoing for years, in collaboration with James Cook University and the World Health Organization collaboration center in Victoria, & # 39; said Gair.
Microbiologist Tim Stinear from the University of Melbourne is worried that the disease will spread more.
& # 39; I agree that that is a real shift … it could suggest that the (infection) reservoir has shifted. I think that is cause for concern and definitely needs investigation & he said to the Australian.
The bacteria destroys skin cells, small blood vessels and even fat under the skin, causing the annoying ulcer and skin loss.
The bacteria destroys skin cells, small blood vessels and even fat under the skin, causing the annoying ulcer and skin loss (stock image)
The ulcer grows over time and therefore early diagnosis is crucial to minimize skin loss.
James Cook University professor John McBride said he was worried about the spread of the disease.
& # 39; You might think the first case was an anomaly, but the second and third cases make you think it's spreading, & # 39; he said.
An article published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) in April last year reports the tissue-destructive infection that has spread in Australia by more than 400% since 2010.
WHAT IS THE DAINTREE / BULURI ULCER?
A contagious skin disease in which bacteria kill skin cells, small blood vessels and fat under the skin, leading to ulceration.
WHAT ARE THE CAUSES?
– Mosquito bites in wetland and coastal areas
– Areas with opossum poo of opossum species such as the common ringtail and brushtail opossum
WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?
– A small painless bump that looks like an insect bite that usually sits on the arms and legs
– Hump grows and swells over days and weeks
– Can often be painful during development
– Can lead to a low fever
– The stain then becomes bright red and crust in a non-healing crust
– Mange falls apart and turns into an ulcer
– Ulcer keeps getting bigger
HOW DO YOU TREAT THE INSECT?
– Oral antibiotics
– Small surgery: where a small amount of surrounding healthy tissue is cut out to completely remove the infection
– Complex surgery: involves a skin transplant where a healthy piece of skin is transplanted to where the ulcer is
PREVENTION OF THE ULCER
– Wear insect repellent
– Wear shirts and pants with long sleeves outdoors
– Cover and cut wounds or scrapes
– Immediately wash and cover and new cuts
– Have a medical check
Source: BetterHealth Channel Victoria
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