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Good Weekend Talks: Victoria’s flesh-eating Buruli ulcer

Welcome to Good Weekend Talks, a weekly opportunity for our audience to luxuriate in a long-form story from the magazine, read by an actor and followed by a discussion with the writer, an editor and an expert.

In this episode, we listen to a July 2019 cover story written by Good Weekend’s Konrad Marshall – Stigma, isolation: the flesh-eating ulcer infecting hundreds more Victorians each year – that investigates the flesh-eating bacteria known as Buruli ulcer, which is causing horrific wounds among local communities in Victoria’s coastal towns. The feature article was short-listed for this year’s UNSW Press Bragg prize for science writing.

Marshall is then joined in conversation by the Doherty Institute’s Professor Tim Stinear, a world expert on the ulcer, and Good Weekend associate editor Greg Callaghan, to discuss the origins of Mycobacterium ulcerans and how this “zoonosis” – an infection in animals that spreads to humans – is thought to have come from the humble ringtail possum.

For more good reading, see Saturday’s Good Weekend, or visit The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and Brisbane Times.

Listen to more episodes by subscribing to Good Weekend Talks wherever you get your podcasts.

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