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80-year Buruli ulcer mystery solved

A research team from the University of Melbourne’s Doherty Institute has determined that mosquitoes transmit Buruli ulcer, a tropical skin disease, from the environment to humans. The findings, published in Nature Microbiology, follow a surge in the disease’s incidence around Melbourne and Geelong. The researchers found proof through genome sequencing that the bacteria Mycobacterium ulcerans in mosquitoes was identical to those in affected patients.

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