Flesh-eating ulcer spreads to inner Melbourne suburbs

A flesh-eating disease affecting parts of coastal Victoria has spread to inland Melbourne for the first time, with several cases reported in Essendon, Moonee Ponds and Brunswick West. Victorian Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton said on Tuesday that the risk of acquiring the ulcer in those areas was considered low, but “this is the first non-coastal area in Victoria to be recognised as a potential area of risk”. “A genetic analysis of bacteria isolated from these people as part of a research project suggests a common source of infection in the area,” Professor Sutton said in a health advisory issued to medicos and residents on Tuesday.