G.M. El-Bassiony, V. Luizzi '17, D. Nguyen '17, J.G. Stoffolano Jr., and A.E. Purdy published their research on "Vibrio Cholerae laboratory infection of the adult house fly Musca domestica" in Medical and Veterinary Entomology, in July 2016.

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The cholera pathogen effectively colonizes the gut of the house fly, a prevalent terrestrial insect that could serve as a reservoir for this bacterium. 

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V. Cholerae (GFP-labeled) in green, nuclei of cells in fly GI tract in blue

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These results raise the possibility that house flies could potentiate, and possibly contribute to the initiation, of cholera outbreaks.