Truth about Melbourne flesh-eating bug

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Authorities are warning about a flesh-eating virus found for the first time in Melbourne. Here, a sufferer tells her story. WARNING: Graphic

WARNING: Graphic images.

It is a terrifying thought that just as Melburnians complete their latest lockdown to avoid the spread of one virus, another has come knocking at the door.

News spread quickly on Tuesday that a flesh-eating bacteria known as the Buruli ulcer had been discovered in Melbourne’s north – in suburbs where it has never before been seen.

Residents were put on alert in inner-north suburbs of Essendon, Mooney Ponds and Brunswick West by chief health officer Brett Sutton who issued a warning to be on the lookout for symptoms including a “painless, non-tender nodule or papule” that is “often mistaken for an insect or spider bite and is sometimes itchy”.

The alert was deemed necessary because the skin infection, which can eat away at flesh and return even after treatment, had seemingly jumped from known hotspots on Victoria’s Surf Coast and the Mornington Peninsula to inner Melbourne.

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But authorities stated clearly that infection risk was “low”.

“The recent detection of M…..

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