Researchers at the University of Graz decipher how the cholera pathogen survives between outbreaks

The bacterium Vibrio cholerae thrives in water that is contaminated with faeces. Scientists around the world are investigating how this bacterium survives and multiplies in contaminated water before causing the life-threatening disease of cholera in humans. The scientists want to develop new strategies to fight this contagious microbe and nip the rapid outbreaks of cholera in the bud. The team working with Kristina Schild-Prüfert and Stefan Schild at the Institute of Molecular Biosciences, University of Graz, has gained initial findings that reveal how Vibrio cholerae evades predatory nematodes in its natural environment. The findings were published in the journal mSpheres. (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)