International Space Station infested with ‘SPACE BUGS‘ which could cause disease
Originally published on Hartsburg News
A “space bug” organism has infected the space station and scientists have warned it could cause serious illness.
Scientists from NASA warned the bacteria, called Enterobacter, is similar to those found in hospitals on earth, a new study has revealed.
Researchers focussed on five strains of the bacteria which were isolated from the space toilet and exercise platform on the space station in 2015.
The report was published in the BMC Microbiology journal and concluded that space bugs had a 79% chance of causing disease.
Scientists say it could cause serious illness
It has raised concerns that astronauts could be put at risk if the organisms are drug resistant.
Lead author on the report, Dr Nitin Singh, said: “Given the multi-drug resistance results for these bacteria and the increased chance of pathogenicity we have identified, these species potentially pose important health considerations for future missions.”
But luckily, the organisms are not strong enough to make humans ill or pose a threat to astronauts inside the space station – so far.
Dr Singh added: “It is important to understand that the strains found on the ISS were not virulent, which means they are not an active threat to human health, but something to be monitored.”
Diseases becoming drug resistant is one of the biggest concerns and challenges facing scientists today.
If people continue to overuse antibiotics, it could cause millions of people to die from previously curable diseases.
More than 90,000 Brits could be among the victims of treatment-resistant superbugs in Europe and North America.
In total, there will be an estimated 1.3 million deaths across Europe over the next 30 years, according to a report by The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
Enterobacter is similar to those found in hospitals on earth
The organisms are not strong enough to make humans ill, yet
Currently, there are 44,000 deaths from sepsis every year in the UK — many of which are due to antibiotic-resistant infections.
This modern “plague” could make routine operations such as c-sections lethal in just a decade.
One of the most deadly known superbugs is MRSA.