New Jersey Legionnaires’ outbreak kept quiet in state prisons

After one person died and another spent a month in a coma, state officials found Legionella bacteria in the water at two New Jersey prisons.
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Toxic algae intensifies on Lake O as water rises along with concern

Drone12 video captures concerning video and images of toxic blue-green algae on Lake Okeechobee Friday morning. The plague of the harmful gunk washed ashore in Pahokee at the city marina, where the bacteria is caking up, decomposing, and letting off toxins. Highly toxic algal blooms have become concerning for coastal communities. "I was like wow," said Njood Pellicer, of Pahokee. "To see it like that is just horrible. "The timing of this extensive amount of cyanobacteria is shocking.

Opponents say plan to use treated sewage for irrigation stinks

United Neighbors Against Wastewater Intrusion is hoping to turn a crappy situation on its head.

Seaside Australia faces a rise in flesh-eating Buruli ulcer cases

As Buruli ulcer cases have risen, they have taken a physical and psychological toll but also offered hope that scientists can solve the bacteria’s many mysteries.

Ice-fighting bacteria could help California crops survive frost

A scientist whose groundbreaking research linked frost damage to plant-dwelling bacteria thinks there's a better way to fight frost. And it doesn't require spending a fortune on equipment that consumes copious quantities of water and fossil fuels.

Lethal chimp disease is linked to newly identified bacteria

Deaths at a Sierra Leone sanctuary that stumped people for 15 years have now been linked to a bacterium that seems to cause similar ailments in humans.
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Infecciones oportunistas se propagan a la par de la COVID-19

La propagación de otros gérmenes peligrosos aumenta como resultado, en parte, de la caótica respuesta a la pandemia.

With all eyes on COVID-19, drug-resistant infections crept in

The spread of other dangerous germs is surging — a result, in part, of the chaotic response to the pandemic.

These biological tags help track down the cause of E. coli outbreaks

Scientists have a hard time figuring out where foodborne outbreaks come from. This new tracking system makes the detective work easy.

CBD oil kills gonorrhoea bacteria, potential for ‘much-needed new class of antibiotics’

Groundbreaking new research has found synthetic cannabidiol can kill bacteria associated with gonorrhoea, meningitis and legionnaires disease.

Wildfire smoke is loaded with microbes. Is that dangerous?

Researchers are putting out a call to study the potential effects of bacteria- and fungi-filled haze on human health.
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Científicos españoles estudian cómo llegan los contaminantes a la Antártida

Científicos españoles emprenderán una expedición por el Atlántico para estudiar cómo llegan los contaminantes de origen humano a la Antártida, en un viaje que pretende conocer la influencia de estos contaminantes en el microbioma marino.

The heavy toll of the Black Belt’s wastewater crisis

Many rural households in America don’t have access to safe sewage systems. In Alabama, entrenched poverty and unusual geology have created a public-health disaster.

After coronavirus: Our relationship with meat and the next pandemic

All pandemics in recorded human history have come via the animal kingdom. With mutations abounding and our interaction with wildlife widening, when are we finally going to address the sick animal in the room?

Swimming in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor by 2020? No, but maybe 2030, Waterfront Partnership says

Bacteria levels in parts of the Inner Harbor worsened in 2019, but the city's Waterfront Partnership is setting its sights on a harbor swimming area as part of its "2030 Vision."
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U.S. Steel abandons clean tech plans in Pittsburgh region following damning health study

The company scraps planned Pennsylvania investments and will instead shut down three polluting batteries in 2023. The announcement comes a week after a study shows lower lung function in people living near its Pittsburgh-region facility.

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Can marine protected areas reduce marine disease?

EHN talked to marine disease experts about the role of increasing ocean protection in combating rising disease rates.

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