Is Mycobacterium Ulcerans A Zoonotic Agent Spread By Mosquitoes?

Grant number: 1049183 | Funding period: 2013 - 2015

Completed

Abstract

Last year record numbers of a mysterious flesh-eating bacterial disease called Buruli ulcer were reported in Australia. Wild animals such as possums and rats harbour the bacteria in their guts but we don't know how the disease is transmitted to humans. In this project we will work out how the bacteria survives in the guts of animals and how people contract Buruli ulcer. With this information we can stop the spread of this debilitating disease.