3.3 Forecasting Human Health Risks from Bacteria in the Ocean

Tuesday, 25 January 2011: 11:45 AM
4C-2 (Washington State Convention Center)
D. Jay Grimes, University of Southern Mississippi, Ocean Springs, MS

Several species of pathogenic bacteria occur naturally in coastal waters worldwide, some of which can cause disease outbreaks in humans at risk during specific environmental conditions. The pathogenic Vibrios are especially problematic and their incidence in human disease appears to be on the increase. In recent years, remotely sensed (RS) data, primarily data collected by satellites, have been used to predict – both “nowcast” and forecast – the presence of many different microorganisms including Vibrios in the ocean. This talk will focus on the usefulness of RS information to public health practitioners and managers in preventing human disease caused by the Vibrios.
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