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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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Figure 1: El Niño events correlate with water surface temperature rises and emergence of new Vibrio infections in South America.


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Martinez-Urtaza, J., Trinanes, J., Gonzalez-Escalona, N. et al. Is El Niño a long-distance corridor for waterborne disease?. Nat Microbiol 1, 16018 (2016).

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