Human Pathogens Are Hitching a Ride on Floating Plastic

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Be careful if you touch any plastics floating in seawater—they can be strongly damaging to human health. Human pathogens can colonise plastic waste since most plastics are long-lived and don’t break down easily. A recent study has found that the pathogens in plastic waste can be responsible for a huge variety of diseases, ranging from stomach infections to pneumonia to a range of skin problems. It is also suggested that plastics can transport pathogens to marine species, which can reach humans upon consumption. Read full article here

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