Buruli Ulcer, also known as Bairnsdale Ulcer, is an infection caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans which is thought to live in the environment and a number of cases have been reported on the Mornington Peninsula. It produces a toxin that can destroy skin cells and underlying tissue and may lead to ulceration and skin loss. Transmission is not yet fully understood but it is thought that mosquitoes may play a role. Early diagnosis and prompt treatment can reduce the risk of severe symptoms. The following precautions are advised;

  • Wear gardening gloves, long-sleeved shirts and trousers when working outdoors.

  • Avoid insect bites by using suitable insect repellents.

  • Protect cuts or abrasions with sticking plasters.

  • Promptly wash and cover any scratches or cuts you receive while working outdoors.

  • See your doctor if you have a slow-healing skin lesion.