Scientists discovered a thriving ecosystem of “infectious organisms” aboard the station which are similar to bugs found in hospitals on Earth.
A NASA team found five different varieties of Enterobacter, with researchers calculating that there is a “79% probability that they may potentially cause disease”.
It’s feared portions of the bacteria could be drug-resistant which would leave astronauts at risk of serious harm should traditional treatments fail to help.
But, researchers stressed the bugs are not harmful to humans currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
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