Microplastics found in the sea carry toxic bugs which poison humans, fish and the environment, study shows

Microplastics found in the sea carry toxic bugs which poison humans, fish and the environment, study shows
Fonte: Daily Mail

Microplastics found in the sea carry bugs harmful to humans, research shows
Scientists tested pieces smaller than 5mm and found dangerous vibrio bacteria
It highlights the need to tackle the amount of plastic – an estimated 7million tons a year worldwide – flooding into the sea from litter and other sources
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Microplastics found in the sea carry toxic bugs which are harmful to humans, fish and the environment, research has found.

Scientists have tested tiny pieces smaller than 5mm and found vibrio bacteria, a major cause of wound infections, and arcobacter, which causes gastroenterititis.

They also detected bugs which can kill coral, leading to bleaching, and poison fish.

The pollution could potentially contribute to food poisoning outbreaks as plastic pieces are also eaten by fish and seafood species such as mussels and oysters, the research suggests.

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