Pathogens can hitch a ride on plastic to reach the sea: Microplastics can carry land-based parasites to ocean, affecting wildlife and human health -- ScienceDaily


“... Crypto and giardia cause gastrointestinal disease and can be deadly in young children and people who are immunocompromised.

"This is very much a problem that affects both humans and animals," said first author Emma Zhang, a fourth-year veterinary student with the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. "It highlights the importance of a One Health approach that requires collaboration across human, wildlife and environmental disciplines. We all depend on the ocean environment."  ...”