07.29.14

Vulnificus season (continued)

Posted in Bioterrorism at 2:02 pm by George Smith

From this blog, earlier in the summer:

In years to come, the effect of global warming on [the incidence of Vibrio vulnificus] will bear watching.

From the Washington Post, in a piece on Vibrio vulnificus in the Chesapeake:

“It is likely that over the next few decades, if global warming continues, the vibrio will start to multiply in the tidal waters of the bay earlier in the year and will persist later into the fall and possibly the winter,” said Laurence Polsky, health officer at the Calvert County Health Department. “This will increase the number of people exposed to the bacteria over the course of the year, and the result will be a higher average number of cases as each decade passes.”

The story describes the usual cases in which the microorganism rapidly and catastrophically invades the tissue of the infected person.

I earned a Ph.D. identifying the collagen dissolving enzyme it produces, something that is, by its very nature and activity, uniquely suited in that function.

It goes without saying, again, that it’s always a horrible disease. It remains rare but it is not as rare now as in 1982. Every summer one sees regular news of it.

My original work is here.

Imagine. You know someone who worked on a germ that produces a “flesh-eating disease,” every day, for a few years.

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