5 reasons to be alert for Buruli ulcers in non-endemic areas
A spike in cases of Buruli ulcers is now occurring outside the usual endemic areas of Victoria and Far North Queensland, infectious disease specialists warn.
The long latency of the disfiguring lesions caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans means that people who visited high-risk areas in summer may only now be showing signs of the condition, says Dr Michael Loftus of the Communicable Disease Prevention & Control branch of Health Victoria.
Here are his five key messages for GPs about the infection:
“GPs need to have high index of suspicion for Buruli ulcer at the present time,” concludes Dr Loftus.