Daintree organic farmer Andre Leu said he lost two years of his life fighting the Daintree Ulcer
Daintree organic farmer Andre Leu said he lost two years of his life fighting the Daintree Ulcer

Flesh-eating bacteria infecting Queenslanders, but why?

WARNING: Some graphic images

DOCTOR has called for more research into how Far North Queenslanders become infected with a flesh-eating bug.

Three cases of the Daintree Ulcer have been identified in Australia this year, two in the Cairns health district and another in coastal Victoria.

The most recent case was pinpointed in the Douglas shire earlier this month.

Daintree Ulcer, also known Buruli ulcer, occurs in the Mossman-Daintree region and coastal Victoria, causing necrosis of skin tissue.

The bacteria's exact mode of transmission to humans has largely remained a mystery.

Images of the Daintree Ulcer
Images of the Daintree Ulcer

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