Meeting Thursday 14 February - Speaker Assoc Prof Daniel O'Brien, Barwon Health

Prof. O'Brien will speak about the Buruli ulcer, a rare tropical disease caused by bacteria related to leprosy and tuberculosis. In parts of Australia’s temperate south eastern Victoria state it is now neither rare nor tropical. Localised outbreaks in the Mornington and Bellarine coastal peninsulas south of Melbourne are suddenly at epidemic levels with 275 new infections in Victoria last year. And scientists have no clear idea of how people are catching it.

“We are now in an urgent situation where we have a huge scientific gap that we need to fill,” says Associate Professor Daniel O’Brien, a clinician and researcher on the frontline treating the disease. He is now leading the call for urgent research into how to prevent it spreading and infecting more people.

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