August 18, 2011

Caribbean Coral Catch Disease From Sewage

Richard Harris, NPR


Univ. of Georgia

Human beings occasionally get diseases from animals, such as swine flu, rabies and anthrax. A new study finds that humans can also spread disease to wildlife, with grim results. A bacterium from our guts is now rampaging through coral reefs in the Caribbean.

Those reefs were already in slow decline, but they took a huge hit starting in 1996, when a disease called white pox appeared in the Florida Keys.

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TAGGED: Serratia Marcescens, Bacteria, Sewage, Caribbean, Coral Reef

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