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    Default Tar Balls contain a lot of Vibrio Vulnificus [flesh-eating bacteria]

    “What was clear to us was that the tar balls contain a lot of Vibrio Vulnificus [flesh-eating bacteria],” said Dr. Cova Arias, a professor of aquatic microbiology.

    Source: The Alabama Gulf Coast attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, and since the 2010 BP Oil Spill, tens of thousands of tar balls.

    A couple hundred miles away at Auburn University, Dr. Cova Arias, a professor of aquatic microbiology, conducts research on the often-deadly and sometimes flesh-eating bacteria Vibrio Vulnificus. Arias’ research at Auburn, and through the school’s lab at Dauphin Island, has focused on Vibrio’s impact on the oyster industry which was brought to a standstill three years ago by the BP Oil Spill. In 2010, out of curiosity, Arias set out to discover if Vibrio were present in the post-spill tar balls washing up on the Alabama and Mississippi coasts. She was highly surprised by what she found.

    “What was clear to us was that the tar balls contain a lot of Vibrio Vulnificus,” said Arias.

    Arias can show an observer Vibrio in the lab as it appears as a ring on the top of the solution in a test tube. Vibrio is not something, though, that a person can see in the water, sand, or tar balls.

    But, Arias’ research shows it there, especially in the tar balls, in big numbers.

    According to Dr. Arias’ studies, there were ten times more vibrio vulnificus bacteria in tar balls than in the surrounding sand, and 100 times more than in the surrounding water.

    “In general, (the tar balls) are like a magnet for bacteria,” said Arias.

    Arias’ theory is that Vibrio feeds on the microbes that are breaking down the tar.

    She and researchers looked at tar balls that washed in to the same areas they had previously studied so they could therefore make valid comparisons to before the oil spill.

    “What we also found was in water, the numbers were about ten times higher than the numbers that have reported before from that area,” said Arias

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    Perdido, did you have a link for this article that we could add?
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    Default Re: Tar Balls contain a lot of Vibrio Vulnificus [flesh-eating bacteria]

    I have some personal experience with those tar balls. Our family goes to the coast every summer and we went the year after the oil spill. Those tar balls were in the water. I got a rash that year, which I have never gotten before or since.

    I knew it was connected to the oil spill, but have never seen it acknowledged until you posted that article. Thanks Perdido.
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    Greetings
    I keep wondering if the COREXIT used to emulsify the oil could be a contributing factor....just a thought...
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