Du måste aktivera javascript för att sverigesradio.se ska fungera korrekt och för att kunna lyssna på ljud. Har du problem med vår sajt så finns hjälp på http://kundo.se/org/sverigesradio/
risk of serious infections

Baltic bacteria could thrive due to climate change

Published måndag 23 juli 2012 kl 12.36
Photo: Mindaugas Kulbis/Scanpix

Warmer waters in the Baltic Sea off Sweden's east coast are encouraging the growth of dangerous vibrio bacteria, according to new research published in the scientific journal Nature Climate Change.

The researchers found that temperatures in the Baltic have risen by up to one degree Celsius per decade since 1982, and see a link between the rising temperatures and the number of illnesses caused by the bacteria in the countries around the sea, reports news agency TT.

Vibrio bacteria can cause stomach problems, but can also infect open wounds and cause septicemia.

The researchers warn that global warming could mean even warmer temperatures in the sea, meaning the bacteria could flourish, and more humans could be at risk of infection as more take a dip in the Baltic.

Our journalism is based on credibility and impartiality. Swedish Radio is independent and not affiliated to any political, religious, financial, public or private interests.
Har du frågor eller förslag gällande våra webbtjänster?

Kontakta gärna Sveriges Radios supportforum där vi besvarar dina frågor vardagar kl. 9-17.

Du hittar dina sparade avsnitt i menyn under "Min Lista".