Doctors at a Melbourne hospital say it could be months before all the symptoms disappear, but some patients are now showing signs of the serious disease.
MALS is a chronic bacterial infection that can cause pain, swelling, fever and sometimes death.
In February, the Victorian Government declared the disease a public health emergency, but doctors say they are now seeing more patients with the illness.
The hospital in which Dr Bruce Mitchell works is treating several patients who have recovered, and is hopeful that the condition will eventually be relieved.
“There are a number of cases that are showing signs,” Dr Mitchell said.
Dr Mitchell said there was some indication of the bacteria having a better resistance to antibiotics.””
It’s an ongoing thing and we’re seeing more of them, and it’s quite normal to see them getting better.”
Dr Mitchell said there was some indication of the bacteria having a better resistance to antibiotics.
“They are showing resistance to other things in the system, but not necessarily to antibiotics,” he said.
Dr M.G. Jones is a GP at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and said he had seen several patients improve after taking antibiotics.
“(Some) of the patients who we see today are responding to antibiotics, but we have also seen some patients that are responding more slowly to them,” Dr Jones said.
“We have seen patients get better after antibiotics, and that is really encouraging.
He said the treatment was “very difficult”, but it was worth the effort.”
What I do, and I do do it every day, is get patients on antibiotics, get them into intensive care and get them back into their homes,” Dr M. G. Jones said, adding that he felt the situation was “moving slowly”.”
I’m happy with it, I’m happy to do what I have to do.
“Mals has become increasingly common in Melbourne, with a reported 70,000 cases in the state in 2017.
At least 6,000 new cases were recorded in July, with doctors warning that the number of infections could reach as high as 40,000 by the end of the year.
Doctors are urging anyone who has symptoms of the disease to seek immediate medical attention.”
It is important to make sure that everyone has the antibiotics that they need,” Dr Graham Paddon, who runs the Mals Centre at Royal Melbourne, said.
Dr Mitchell’s team is also testing the immune system of some patients to try and find out if it is working, but he said the chances of a positive test were slim.
If it does work, he said there is no indication it will be too late for patients.
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