Flesh-Eating Bacteria Found in Caribbean Ocean, Raising Health Concern

A recent analysis by Florida Atlantic University has found that ‘flesh-eating’ Vibrio bacteria are thriving on seaweed blooms and plastic pollution in the open Caribbean Ocean. This discovery raises concerns about the potential risks to human health. These bacteria are known to feed on marine plant and animal tissues and can cause life-threatening illnesses when consumed through seafood or seawater. Certain species, such as Vibrio vulnificus, can also infect wounds and cause damage to surrounding tissue. These findings emphasize the dangerous nature of these pathogens and highlight the necessity for further investigation to evaluate the associated risks.

Source: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2023.120033  

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