Deadly Insects Caused by Plastic in the Ocean

Deadly super-insects from plastics floating in lakes, rivers and oceans spread around the world.

The researchers found that plastic wastes floating in the sea carry many bacteria resistant to antibiotics. In addition, eight different antibiotic resistant bacteria were found in a styrofoam striking the Antarctic coast. These bacteria were reported to be a serious threat to humans and livestock

. 19 Plastics are known as vectors of harmful chemicals. Our findings show that plastics can also carry antibiotic-resistant bacteria, dik says Gabriella Caruso.


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DR. Caruso and his colleagues found 27 bacterial species living in the styrofoam block of King George Island off the coast of 75 miles (120 km) from the Antarctic mainland.

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The study was also published in the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health.