Botulism Strikes Spain and is Predicted to Worsen, Maybe Entering the Ecosystem Through Wastewater Systems

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Article courtesy of Tim Sandle | June 7th, 2016 | Digital Journal | Shared as educational material.

Photo Credit: Greta McClain

Last Spring, Spain’s waterbirds have been facing problems with botulism. The bacteria seem to have entered the ecosystem through the effluents from waste water systems. Researchers say that the disease spreads through maggots which infest the bodies of dead birds. Through mediums such as snails and worms, botulism spread to the many birds in the area. As summer comes along, the situation is predicted to worsen as higher heat allows for more pollution-filled conditions. People are told to stay away from water that have any of these organisms. Botulism can be fatal and needs emergency medical care. It can occur in infants, be spread in food, and infect a wound. Read more about it here:

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