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Human feces making their way through wastewater facilities and into the ocean are passing along a bacteria causing white pox disease that's killing Elkhorn coral near Key West, Florida, a new study says. "These bacteria do not come from the ocean; they come from us," said James W. Porter, a University of Georgia ecology professor, adding that mankind has a responsibility to respond and save a massive area around the Florida Keys. Porter and his colleagues say the study for the first time gives evidence of a new way of spreading diseases. Usually, bacteria is transmitted from wildlife to humans, for example, in the case of Avian flu. But here, the researchers' findings, which were published in the peer-reviewed journal PLoS ONE, show that diseases can in some cases be passed on from humans and affect wildlife to the point where it causes a population decline. When they began studying corals, researchers learned the bacteria Serratia marcescens was the cause of white pox. The bacteria is mostly associated with infections usually acquired in hospitals by newborns or immune-compromised adults. It can be responsible for a variety of infections, from meningitis to pneumonia.
Originally posted by Open2Truth
I think one particular quote is most significant here - "Porter and his colleagues say the study for the first time gives evidence of a new way of spreading diseases."