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Default Will Bacterial Plague Follow Crude Oil Spill Along Gulf Coast?

Will Bacterial Plague Follow Crude Oil Spill Along Gulf Coast?
By Paul Voosen of Greenwire
Published: June 17, 2010

Will Bacterial Plague Follow Crude Oil Spill Along Gulf Coast? - NYTimes.com
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"There's no question bacteria, in general, increase following spills, and this includes Vibrios," said Jim Oliver, a Vibrio specialist at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Whether the pathogenic Vibrios "significantly increase is unsure, I would say, but they are coastal bacteria ... so [they] could well increase either as a direct result of oil degradation or as a side effect of the added nutrient levels."

The ingredients are there for heightened concern, Oliver added. The carcasses of bacteria feeding off the oil will increase overall nutrient levels as sweltering summer temperatures hit their peak. While there are natural controls, like bacterial viruses and protozoa, that can check Vibrio growth, those can be overwhelmed, studies have shown. And because of the cleanup...
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