Possum bites man: case of Buruli ulcer following possum bite

Rachel W Xu, Timothy P Stinear, Paul DR Johnson and Daniel P O’Brien
Med J Aust 2022; 216 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja2.51505
Published online: 16 May 2022


  • 1 University of Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC
  • 2 Austin Health, Melbourne, VIC
  • 3 University Hospital Geelong, Geelong, VIC


We thank Dr Peter Meggyesy, who diagnosed the case, and Dr Adrian Murrie, who performed the debridement of the finger and clinical supervision of the patient, from the Sorrento Medical Centre.

Competing interests:

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