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Flesh-eating ulcer spreading rapidly in Australia

Buruli ulcer cases surging and now at epidemic proportions in parts of Victoria, researchers say A severe tissue-destroying ulcer once rare in Australia is rapidly spreading and is now at epidemic proportions in regions of Victoria, prompting infectious diseases experts to call for urgent research into how it is contracted and spread. In an article published in the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) on Monday, authors led by associate professor Daniel OBrien from Barwon Health said incidents of Buruli ulcer were on the rise but researchers were baffled as to…

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Forget Ebola, Sars and Zika: ticks are the next global health threat

Ticks carry a wide array of pathogens and environmental changes mean they are spreading Notes & Theories Thu 25 Jan 2018 07.47EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp A blacklegged tick – also known as a deer tick. Photograph: James Gathany/AP Since the beginning of our species we have been at war. Its a continuous, neverending fight against the smallest of adversaries: armies of pathogens and parasites. As we have developed new ways to survive and stop them, they have evolved ever more complex and ingenious methods…

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