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Is El Niño a long-distance corridor for waterborne disease?

The apparent emergence of new and devastating Vibrio diseases in Latin America during significant El Niño events is striking. New microbiological, genomic and bioinformatic tools are providing us with evidence that El Niño may represent a long-distance corridor for waterborne diseases into the Americas from Asia.

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  1. The Milner Centre for Evolution, Department of Biology and Biochemistry, University of Bath, Bath, Somerset BA2 7AY, UK.

    • Jaime Martinez-Urtaza
  2. Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 4301 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, Florida 33149, USA.

    • Joaquin Trinanes
  3. Laboratory of Systems, Technological Research Institute, University of Santiago de Compostela, Campus Universitario Sur, Santiago de Compostela 15782, Spain.

    • Joaquin Trinanes
  4. Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami, 4600 Rickenbacker Causeway, Miami, Florida 33149, USA.

    • Joaquin Trinanes
  5. Molecular Methods and Subtyping Branch, Division of Microbiology, Office of Regulatory Science, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA, 5100 Paint Branch Parkway College Park, Maryland 20740-3835, USA.

    • Narjol Gonzalez-Escalona
  6. Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), Weymouth, Dorset DT4 8UB, UK.

    • Craig Baker-Austin

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