How a La Nina wet season could bring deadly airborne bacteria to Australia that ...

How a La Nina wet season could bring a deadly airborne bacteria to Australia that causes pneumonia and even DEATH Extreme weather patterns could see deadly disease numbers surge in Top End Ground-dwelling bacteria rises to the surface during the La Nina wet season The bacteria can cause Melioidosis, also known as Nightcliff Gardener's Disease

By Levi Parsons For Daily Mail Australia

Published: 07:32 BST, 15 October 2020 | Updated: 07:32 BST, 15 October 2020

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Extreme weather patterns currently impacting Australia could see a surge in deadly ground-dwelling bacteria, an infectious disease expert has warned.

Professor Bart Currie says the onset of the La Nina climate cycle will trigger a rise in Melioidosis, also known as Nightcliff Gardener's Disease.

The illness has a mortality rate of about 10 per cent in the Northern Territory and can cause respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia.

Extreme weather patterns currently impacting Australia could see a surge in deadly ground-dwelling bacteria

Extreme weather patterns currently impacting Australia could see a surge in deadly ground-dwelling bacteria

Professor Bart Currie says the onset of the La Nina climate cycle will trigger a rise in Melioidosis (pictured, a Bureau of Meteorology graphic highlights how La Nina works)

Professor Bart Currie says the onset of the La Nina climate cycle will trigger a rise in Melioidosis (pictured, a Bureau of Meteorology graphic highlights how La Nina works)

'It very much follows rainfall patterns, so that's why the prediction is we'll have more cases this year,' Professor Currie told the NT. 

'They get activated during the wet season and move to the surface. These bacteria are very common across the Top End, particularly in all Darwin suburbs.'

The bacteria can get into the bloodstream through open wounds or by ingestion via dust or water droplets. 

According to the The Bureau of Meteorology, La Nina weather patterns occur when equatorial trade winds become stronger, changing ocean surface currents and drawing cooler deep water up from

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