Australians told not to go outside to avoid deadly bacteria

Australians told not to go outside to avoid deadly bacteria
Australians told not to go outside to avoid deadly bacteria
Australians are warned NOT to go outside or they could breathe in a deadly bacteria in their own backyards due to La Nina weather pattern Aussies in the Northern Territory warned about dangerous bacteria infections   Cases of melioidosis have surged thanks to the La Nina wet weather system   Professor Bart Currie said those in risk groups should avoid going outside  

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Northern Territory residents have been warned not to go outside or they could be killed by an airborne bacteria.

The deadly microbes live in soil and can become airborne and breathed in by people while doing yardwork such as mowing or pressure washing. 

Cases of melioidosis, which is caused by microscopic 'safety pin' shaped bacteria, have surged due to the La Nina wet season with 23 infections since October. 

Two out of the 23 melioidosis patients died, which is the same as the numbers of deadly Covid-19 cases in the Northern Territory.

Professor Bart Currie, from the Royal Darwin Hospital and Menzies School of Health Research, said after years of dry conditions the increased rain 'recharged' the environment with water and bacteria. 

Professor Bart Currie said the La Nina rains have cause an abundance of a dangerous bacteria in the Top End which can cause melioidosis (stock image)

Professor Bart Currie said the La Nina

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