Queensland Health confirms 27 cases
THERE are 27 confirmed cases of Daintree ulcer in the region and the number is increasing.
A spokesman for Queensland Health has confirmed the latest figure and explained the number could increase because doctors do not have to notify health services when they treat a patient for the Daintree ulcer.
“Queensland Health is putting out the word to general practitioners to keep us informed, there are at least 27 cases at this stage and we expect more to be confirmed,” he said.
“We have seen this happen previously when we had a prolonged wet season and major natural disturbances like cyclones.
“We are taking it seriously with the increase in cases and we are working with experts in Victoria and Professor John McBride from JCU.”
Queensland Health will continue working with the expert team to research the Daintree ulcer and find out more information on the condition.
“If you have an ulcer or anything like that on your skin or your body, you need to seek medical attention, don’t wait around,” the Queensland Health spokesman said.
“Also it is sensible to avoid mosquito bites by covering up, avoid swamp areas and wear appropriate footwear.”