Earlier this year, images surfaced of toxic algal blooms in Florida, caused by pollution dumped in a lake, making people sick, but there are other issues in the Ocean that are damaging our health.
Toxic algal blooms, the result of nitrogen and phosphorous pollution we dump in various bodies of water after being used on farms, can actually damage the air quality near the coast, in addition to skin and eye irritation.
Unfortunately, as new research published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found, Vibrio bacteria, tiny marine organisms capable of causing deadly infections in both human and also fish, are becoming more prevalent in North Atlantic coastal regions as ocean waters warm.
Not only are humans causing the increasing temperatures of the water, we are likely the culprits for the "unprecedented rate" of human infections caused by the tiny marine organisms along the U.S. Atlantic coast and also the coasts of Northern Europe.
Vibrio bacteria are simple organisms, but nonetheless capable of causing critical damage. The bacteria come in many species, some are even responsible for inducing cholera. Another species, Vibrio vulnificus, was described as "highly lethal and...responsible for the overwhelming majority of reported seafood-related deaths in the United States" in a scientific paper.
Continue the story at Nature World News.
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