Study links global warning to rise in waterborne illnesses

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(WTNH) — A new study shows rising global temperatures are clearly linked to increasing waterborne food poisoning, particularly from eating raw oysters, along with other nasty infections.

The study says a dozen vibrio bacteria make people sick from eating raw or undercooked seafood or drinking or swimming in tainted water. Vibrio is a genus of Gram-negative bacteria, possessing a curved-rod shape, several species of which can cause foodborne infection, usually associated with eating undercooked seafood.

The University of Maryland says researchers indirectly linked climate change to more illnesses from the bacteria. Researchers used DNA and a 50-year database of plankton, water temperatures and disease report to make the comprehensive connection.

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