Research To Be Carried Out On Flesh-Eating Bacteria Originating In Gippsland

Studying possum poo is the thing to do!

Research To Be Carried Out On Flesh-Eating Bacteria Originating In Gippsland We thought you'd prefer to see a picture of a cute possum instead of its poo.

Possum poo is on the agenda for Victorian health officials at the moment in their quest to find the cause behind a rapid spread of flesh-eating bacteria from Gippsland.

Buruli (also known as the Bairnsdale Ulcer) was found in Gippsland in the 1940s, and it headed west through Melbourne in the 1980s. It's now affecting residents along the Mornington Peninsula with 50% more cases over the past 12 months. 

A 13 year old girl had her knee infected earlier this year, and she recently arranged a petition for our Health Minister and Flinders MP Greg Hunt to carry out further research. 

Ring-tail possums have been identified as carriers through urban environments, so our health officials are now collecting their potentially dangerous droppings.

 

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