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121092 - Identifying and managing Buruli ulcer

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Buruli ulcer (BU; also called ‘Bairnsdale ulcer’ in Victoria and ‘Daintree ulcer’ in north Queensland) is a disease of skin and soft tissue caused by Mycobacterium ulcerans. This environmental pathogen produces a locally destructive toxin with the potential to leave sufferers scarred and disabled. 

It is only acquired in specific geographical areas and can occur in visitors who spend less than a day in an endemic area. 

This activity looks at identifying individuals at risk of Mycobacterium ulcerans infection; describing the presenting features of BU and findings that distinguish it from other skin lesions; and discussing management principles of BU. 
 

Relevance to General Practice

BU can mimic other more common conditions, resulting in diagnostic challenges and delay. This in turn can lead to significant adverse outcomes, including severe and disfiguring disease, as the production of a locally active toxin causes destruction of skin and soft tissues. 

The exact mode of transmission is unclear. All Australian GPs need to be aware of the condition and the current areas where BU occurs 

Learning outcomes
  • identify individuals at risk of Mycobacterium ulcerans infection
  • describe the presenting features of Buruli ulcer and findings that distinguish it from other skin lesions
  • explain the management principles of Buruli ulcer
  • Delivery
    Title
    121092 - Identifying and managing Buruli ulcer
    Location
    Provider Type
    Education Provider
    Duration
    0.5 hours
    Start Date
    15-Jan-2018
    End Date
    31-Dec-2019
    CPD
    0.5 hours
    Price
    0.00
    Location
    Online
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