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NEWS: Global Warming Blamed For Cruise Ship Poisoning

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posted on Oct, 6 2005 @ 08:28 PM
Researchers from the Alaskan Department of Health and Social Services reported this week that rising ocean temperatures appear to have tainted Alasakn Oysters, contributing towards one of the largest known outbreaks in the USA of the bacterium "Vibrio parahaemolyticus". Four outbreaks of illness were reported among passenger on a cruise ship who had consumed raw oysters. Most of the passengers had eaten just one oyster, with the bacteria then taking 12 to 36 hours for symptoms of illness to appear. It was previously believed that Alaskan waters were to cold to support the bacteria's existence and the researchers were surprised when the outbreaks were traced to an oyster farm 1000 kilometres north of any previous tainted oysters. Data records for the area show that the temperature had risen gradually since 1976 and the scientists say they can not find a reason for the rise in ocean temperatures.
He and his colleagues said 62 people fell ill on four week-long cruises in July 2004. Vibrio parahaemolyticus is the most common cause of seafood-related illness in the United States.

Further tests showed that other oyster facilities in Alaska's Kachemak Bay and southeast Alaska had also begun to harbor the bacteria, which is only believed to grow in oysters where water temperatures are higher than 59 F (15 degrees Celsius).

But many climate experts have warned that warmer ocean waters are a likely consequence of carbon dioxide pollution, which traps heat that would normally radiate back into space.

Scientists predict that warmer temperatures will generate stronger storms and shift local climate conditions, spreading various illnesses to new regions.

"This is probably some of the best evidence to date that rising temperatures in ocean waters might contribute to the incidence of disease," said McLaughlin, "so we're definitely very concerned."

Although it is seldom fatal, people with liver disease, diabetes or immune system problems such as AIDS may die from the infection, which killed 20 people in 2004, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

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This article serves to further highlight the possibilities that global warming and rising ocean temperatures in fact are a greater danger to the food chain than the many would believe.

The rising ocean temperatures will cause a chain reaction from the tiniest of plankton up the the largest whale and in turn will affect us humans and especially those coastal dwellers who sustain their food supply with seafood.

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[edit on 6-10-2005 by Mayet]

posted on Oct, 6 2005 @ 08:44 PM
And an old virus could come out from nowhere and kill a lot of people.

Is it possible?

posted on Oct, 7 2005 @ 04:24 PM
This is one of those things that's just true - and it's important, but what else can we say?


posted on Oct, 7 2005 @ 04:38 PM
I would like to see some people say they are sorry for doubting it, sign the Koyto accord(or something along those lines) and lets get back to the business of being proper citizens of the planet. Ofcourse, that would cost the economy we will kill ourself's because of ignorance...

Man; you are a strange animal.

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