Queens­land Health con­firms 27 cases

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.”

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