Date: 15/11/2013

The masses of plastic debris that float over large areas of the world’s
oceans have become new ecological communities that scientists
have named the ‘plastisphere’. A report suggests these habitats may harbour potential disease-causing microbes. Plastic debris could be a health risk for invertebrates, fish or possibly humans. The plastisphere harbours a group of bacteria called Vibrio. And some species can cause illnesses, such as cholera, when they come in contact with humans.

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