Freshwater Algae Can Infect Wounds, Study Shows

March 5, 2015 7:00 PM

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THURSDAY, March 5, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The cases of two men who got injured while enjoying the great outdoors in Missouri and Texas are giving insight into a freshwater algae that can infect wounds.

Reporting in the March 5 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, the researchers say it's the first time that the algae -- a species common in rivers and lakes called Desmodesmus armatus -- has been conclusively linked to wound infections.

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