From where do emerging or future pathogens arise?

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Jackie asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Chris said that where ever there is a niche something will pop up when it comes to the origin of sexually transmitted diseases.

My question is where do these germs abide before a niche is found?

What do you think?

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Offline JimBob

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From where do emerging or future pathogens arise?
« Reply #1 on: 09/03/2009 00:18:24 »
The origin of some diseases that infet the inside of the body are by mutation of bacteria that normally populated the skin. I have had a pneumonia caused by Multicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aurei. Staphylococcus aurei is a bacteria often found on the skin which is responsible for minor skin infections, pimples, etc. but mutations due to the misuse of antibiotics has caused it to become, in many cases, to become a deadly killer.

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« Reply #2 on: 12/03/2009 01:07:21 »
Sorry Bob - take care of yourself.

btw - it's methicillin and aureus