Warming Oceans Could Spread Bacteria
And that could cost millions in health care spending
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Sep 14, 2011 2:15 PM CDT
A sign warns people not to swim in a polluted beach in this file photo.   (Getty Images)

(Newser) – Global warming could make you sick—literally. As the oceans get warmer, they're also proving a more hospitable home for Vibrio bacteria, helping to spread it around the world, according to a paper presented yesterday in Brussels. Scientists warned that, left unchecked, the phenomenon could lead to millions of dollars in medical costs, the AP reports. The bacteria is known to cause food poisoning, gastroenteritis, septicemia, and cholera.

"Climatic conditions are playing an increasingly important role in the transmission of these diseases," the paper concludes. The report is a synthesis of 100 other studies funded by the European Union since 1998, and it describes other climate change effects such as coastal erosion and increased storm intensity. "What was striking to me was the enormous pile of evidence that things are already happening," one researcher said.

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Sep 16, 2011 1:28 AM CDT
I'm just wondering which species is going to get its turn to dominate after us. I am going with rats, as they are already getting bigger and smarter. Then again, so are the roaches.
Sep 14, 2011 8:26 PM CDT
On the bright side you can now catch exotic VD's with out the cost of flying to a SE Asian whore house.
Sep 14, 2011 8:24 PM CDT
Everybody knows "warm temperatures" are just made up by the climate scientist conspiracy. I've never seen the thermometer go as little as a degree above absolute zero.