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What is the Bairnsdale Ulcer?

The number of Bairnsdale Ulcer cases reported across Victoria has risen this year, with Frankston and the Mornington Peninsula hot spots for this bacterial infection.

Dr Peter Kelley, Head of Infectious Diseases at Peninsula Health, explains what the Bairnsdale Ulcer is and how you can best protect yourself from the infection.

Locations of Barinsdale Ulcer outbreaks

•  The highest risk is associated with the active transmission areas of Rye, Sorrento, Blairgowrie and Tootgarook on the Mornington Peninsula.

•  There is a moderate risk associated with areas in the Bellarine Peninsula (Ocean Grove, Barwon Heads, Point Lonsdale, Queenscliff), and the Frankston and Seaford areas.

•  There is a low but material risk associated with the rest of the Bellarine and Mornington Peninsula, the South Eastern Bayside suburbs and East Gippsland.

*Source: Health Victoria