Climate Change Is Making Flesh-Eating Bacteria and Brain-Eating Amoebas Worse

  • by: Care2 Team
  • recipient: U.S. Congress and Biden administration
The flesh-eating bacteria called Vibrio vulnificus and brain-eating amoeba that is formally known as Naegleria fowleri have both been steadily spreading in the U.S. - and research is showing that's largely because of temperature increases due to climate change.

These deadly microbes do exactly what their names suggest: they literally eat your skin and your brain, in some cases causing seizures, and in many cases causing death. Naegleria fowleri in particular has a 96% fatality rate.

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These single-celled organisms thrive in warm waters, and only get happier as waters get warmer. In fact, they've become so happy because of climate change that these bacteria and amoebas have been spreading further north each year, infecting more and more waterways - and putting more and more people at risk.

Not only are V. vulnificus and Naegleria fowleri proliferating more each year - they're also spiking in numbers during specific heat waves in summer. That's what happened last year, when the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a significant surge in infections. With this summer set to record some extreme heat waves as well, we can only expect that this situation will get worse and more deadly.

In fact, in the past several decades, cases of flesh-eating infections have skyrocketed an astonishing 800%.

There is a very clear link here between temperature, climate, and the proliferation of these terrifying microbes that can literally devour parts of our bodies. If we want to save ourselves from these frightening possibilities, we absolutely have to tackle climate change - and now.

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