Pathogens hitchhiking on plastics ‘could carry cholera from India t...

You might want to rethink taking toddlers to an ocean beach.

... ubiquitous, persistent and tiny plastic beads, or “nurdles”, found on beaches and in rivers and seas around the world, act as rafts for harmful bacteria, transporting them from sewage outfalls and agricultural runoff to bathing waters and shellfish beds.

“The danger is that pathogens could be transported over large distances and survive for much longer than normal,” ...

The scientists found 45% of nurdles, the size and shape of a lentil, collected from five EU-designated beaches in East Lothian were polluted with E coli,... Up to 90% of them were contaminated with Vibrio, ...

Brightly coloured nurdles are a magnet for children – and you wouldn’t want children putting these in their mouths.”

Nurdles, which can be transparent or brightly coloured, are the bare building blocks of plastic goods,...

The researchers have only tested for two bacteria, but they believe nurdles could attract other pathogens, such as the rotavirus and norovirus,... [emphasis mine]

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Hey Myrtle, don't uncurdle your girdle for fear of nurdles.

Staying calm might be a higher hurdle for fertile turtles. They might get sick too.

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