Even ex­pert not sure of the cause

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

DAIN­TREE ul­cer ex­pert Pro­fes­sor John McBride at­tributes the in­crease in cases this year to the bumper wet sea­son.

The James Cook Univer­sity Pro­fes­sor said there are usu­ally only two to three cases of Dain­tree ul­cer re­ported each year, and the in­crease in the trop­ics cor­re­lates with an up­surge in cases of a sim­i­lar ail­ment, the Bairns­dale ul­cer, in Vic­to­ria.

“Bairns­dale is also reporting an in­crease in in­ci­dences, and they too had a very wet pe­riod early in the year,” he said.

“It seems to be sev­eral months be­tween when some­one re­ceives a bite or scratch and when symp­toms start to show.

“We are ad­vis­ing peo­ple that have a sore that’s not heal­ing to see their doc­tor.

“The only treat­ment at this stage is ex­cis­ing the ul­cer.

“The sooner they see the doc­tor, the smaller the ul­cer and the less that has to be cut away.

“The longer it’s left, the big­ger it gets.”

Prof McBride de­scribed the Dain­tree ul­cer as a “fas­ci­nat­ing con­di­tion” which au­thor­i­ties have lim­ited knowl­edge of.

“We don’t know how its trans­mit­ted or why its re­stricted to a fairly small ge­o­graphic area,” he said.

“I have heard re­ports of cases north of the river around Cow Bay re­cently.”

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