Published on 19 April 2018
There has been a growing number of cases of Buruli Ulcer on the peninsula since 2012.
Buruli ulcer is a bacterial skin infection that is fully treatable and not thought to be contagious.
Early detection is important and it makes sense to protect yourself from potential sources of infection such as soil and insect bites.
You can beat the bite by following simple steps to protect yourself:
- use a picaridin or DEET based insect repellent
- cover up cuts
- immediately wash and cover any scratches received after being outdoors
- wear gardening gloves, long-sleeved shirts and trousers when gardening
- prevent mosquitoes breeding around your home
Since the ulcer gets bigger with time, early diagnosis and prompt treatment can keep the amount of skin loss to a minimum. If you are concerned you should seek medical advice.
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