Deadly pathogens can hitch a ride on ocean microplastics, raising alarm bells

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UC Davis researchers find pathogens can spread on ocean microplastics

Microplastics may provide a new way for deadly pathogens to concentrate near coastlines and travel deep into the sea.

A novel experiment in a veterinary lab found deadly pathogens could be catching a ride on microplastics washing out to sea, concentrating the bugs and potentially putting humans and animals like sea otters, seals and dolphins at risk.

The pathogens, toxoplasma gondii, cryptosporidium parvum and giardia enterica, end up in waterways when feces from infected animals contaminate the water. 

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