5 Bad Bugs to Watch Out For
From vicious viruses to felonious fungi, these bad bugs are wanted for a wide array of sickening crimes.
Before pursuing a life of crime, Influenza A lived peacefully amongst wild birds. Since mutating his way into humans, however, he’s become the most notorious respiratory virus on the streets. Influenza A is at large for instigating pandemics and altering his appearance to evade authorities.
Neighborhood watch committees describe Legionella pneumophila as everyone’s least favorite resident—not only does he frequently trespass in privately-owned hot tubs, he never brings his own towel. His calling card is a particularly nasty strain of pneumonia.
While many gastrointestinal crime lords keep a low profile in the winter, Norovirus singlehandedly picks up the slack. Capable of inciting explosive stomach flu outbreaks, he’s known to crash holiday parties, potluck dinners, and family reunions.
Many criminals prefer a hit-and-run approach, but Bordetella parapertussis is all about the long game. Known to linger at the scene of a crime for weeks, this sneaky bacterium relies on unsuspecting carriers to help him stalk vulnerable targets.
The Herpes Twins became a household name for all the wrong reasons. They’re most famous for committing petty crimes and spreading irritating sores—but, if given the chance, HSV will infiltrate the central nervous system and cause double the trouble.