SEP 16, 2018 5:51 PM PDT

Diseases Lurking in Our Backyards

WRITTEN BY: Nouran Amin

Despite being invisible, microbes surround us all the time. They cover our phones, our hands, and infiltrate our backyards. Although a lot of these microbes are harmless, there are some that are quite deadly! These microbes, or rather pathogens, carry a surprising amount of diseases

In the United States alone, common backyards can be the home to many deadly diseases. These diseases can include the plague, sin nombre virus, tularemia, legionnaires disease, cysticercosis, and the most widely known—brain-eating amoebas. These diseases can be carried by common backyard animals, like rodents, or they can be present in grass, or small puddles of water.

About the Author
  • Nouran is a scientist, educator, and life-long learner with a passion for making science more communicable. When not busy in the lab isolating blood macrophages, she enjoys writing on various STEM topics.
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