Diversity, sources, and detection of human bacterial pathogens in the marine environment

Janelle R. Thompson, Luisa A. Marcelino, Martin F. Polz

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Disease outbreaks in marine organisms appear to be escalating worldwide (Harvell et al., 1999, 2002) and a growing number of human bacterial infections have been associated with recreational and commercial uses of marine resources (Tamplin, 2001). Whether these increases reflect better reporting or global trends is a subject of active research (reviewed in Harvell et al., 1999, 2002; Rose et al., 2001; Lipp et al., 2002); however, in light of heightened human dependence on marine environments for fisheries, aquaculture, waste disposal, and recreation, the potential for pathogen emergence from ocean ecosystems requires investigation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOceans and Health
Subtitle of host publicationPathogens in the Marine Environment
PublisherSpringer US
Number of pages40
ISBN (Electronic)9780387237091
ISBN (Print)0387237089, 9780387237084
StatePublished - 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Environmental Science(all)


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