Brett Sutton Health Australia state Organisation reports infection Brett Sutton Health Australia state Organisation

Flesh-eating disease spreading through Australia with health alert issued

The Daily Star's FREE newsletter is spectacular! Sign up today for the best stories straight to your inboxA flesh-eating disease is feared to be spreading through Australia, with new infections reported.New cases of Buruli ulcer have been identified in the Essendon, Moonee Ponds and Brunswick areas of Melbourne – the first identified in non-coastal parts of the country.

Chief health officer Professor Brett Sutton has since issued a health alert. The infection is caused by a bacterium which leads to lesions on the skin.

The marks may appear like insect bites, and can grow into horrifying ulcers. However, the risk of infection in the above areas is still low, the NCA Newswire reports.

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