This deadly bacteria can reach your brain in a day
Researchers have discovered that a deadly bacteria that can be picked up by a simple sniff can travel to the brain and spinal cord in just 24 hours.
The pathogenic bacteria Burkholderia pseudomallei, which causes the potentially fatal disease melioidosis, kills 89,000 people around the world each year and is prevalent in northern Australia and southeast Asia.
Previously, researchers did not understand how the bacteria traveled to the brain and spinal cord, or just how quickly.
The bacteria causing melioidosis are found in contaminated water and soil, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).