International Space Station infested with mysterious bugs


The International Space Station is infested with mysterious space bugs that may be leaving astronauts at risk of "serious damage," according to a new study.

Scientists have discovered a thriving ecosystem of "infectious organisms" aboard the station, which are similar to insects found in Earth hospitals.

A NASA team found five different varieties of Enterobacter, with researchers calculating that there is a "79 percent probability that they can cause disease."

The bathroom aboard the orbital space station was listed as one of the major infection sites next to the base exercise area.

There are fears that portions of the bacteria may be drug resistant, leaving astronauts at risk of serious damage if traditional treatments do not help.

Dr. Nitin Singh, the lead author of the report, said: "Given the results of multidrug resistance for these [bacteria] and the increased chance of pathogenicity we identify, these species pose potentially important health considerations for future missions. "

But, the researchers pointed out that insects are not harmful to humans currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS).

Singh added, "It's important to understand that strains found on ISS were not virulent, which means they are not an active threat to human health, but something to be monitored."

Dr. Kasthuri Venkateswaran, a microbiologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, revealed that three of the strains belonged to a species that caused diseases in newborns.

The mysterious insects also infected a "understood patient," which suggests they may be suffering from a condition that made them susceptible to contamination.


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