Florida researchers carried out a recent study that revealed that a common human antibiotic can help to cure coral diseases. Diseases have continued to threaten coral reef health, all thanks to the recent discovery of an antibiotic.
Recently, there was an outbreak of a disease known as stony coral tissue loss. This disease affected 20 different coral species. The disease which was discovered in Miami-Dade County in 2014 has spread across Coral Reef in Florida and some areas in the Caribbean.
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A human antibiotic, amoxicillin, had a success rate of 95% at curing disease lesions, according to the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute of Florida Atlantic University. Although, this treatment didn’t protect treated colonies from new lesions, preserving M. Cavernosa colonies is vital.
There are three possible scenarios that may explain the appearance of new lesions in the amoxicillin treated lesions of the corals that had healed in our study.Erin N. Shilling, the study‘s author.
Using methods successful against some bacterial infections in humans may help to treat stony coral tissue disease. Further efforts are required to increase dosing and delivery methods for treatments. This study was carried out 2km away from Lauderdale-by-the Sea in Broward County. Florida researchers monitored these colonies for more than 11 months.