Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Rare Bug Started Eating into Maureen's Left Leg

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Rare Bug Started Eating into Maureen's Left Leg

Article excerpt

LONG-TERM Gladstone resident Maureen Lewis wants people to be aware that a rare bug is around the town.

The 78-year-old has been in hospital for the past three weeks with vibrio cholerae on the shin of her left leg.

She was told if she had not gone to see her general practitioner Dr Stephen Rigby when she did, she could have lost her leg.

Mrs Lewis said she had been laid up at home for six weeks prior to this medical problem, after receiving a skin graft on her right shin.

She said she, nor the medical professionals, know how she got vibrio cholerae, which is transmitted through contaminated water and shellfish.

aThe only thing I can put it down to is I have very scaly skin so maybe I scratched off the skin,a Mrs Lewis said.

aThe night that it happened, it just came up in a great big blister about 11. …

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