Aussie seagulls with superbugs resistant to antibiotics

Henrietta Strickland
July 10, 2019

The study revealed that more than 20 per cent of seagulls tested around Australia were found to carry bacteria that were resistant to cephalosporins and fluoroquinolones, which are commonly used antimicrobial drugs in humans.

"Quite a large number of the bacteria were actually human clones, or human bacteria, so the seagulls had picked this up somehow from humans, they hadn't come directly as a seagull bacteria".

Owning to reports, silver gulls for instance carry bacteria such as E. coli. Allegedly, the bacteria can cause urinary tract infection, in addition to sepsis and blood infections.

"Our results have raised the concern that seagulls could be acquiring this pathogen through their opportunistic feeding habits where they scavenge from leftover human waste and may then be subsequently spreading these resistant bacteria over vast distances", researcher Dr Mark O'Dea said. However, the risk is certainly low, if hands are washed instantly later.

The study showed some bugs found in the faeces were resistant to common antibiotic medications such as cephalosporin and fluoroquinolone.

The scientists who performed the evaluation on behalf of Murdoch College in Perth have acknowledged it's "stare-opening", The Guardian reported.

"I insist that it is a be-careful call for all govt and loads of companies, love water treatment and colossal councils that organize extinguish, to smartly work collaboratively to contend with this anxiety", acknowledged Dr Sam Abraham, a lecturer in veterinary and clinical infectious ailments.

A seagull found at Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia also carried bacteria resistant to colistin, which is used as a last resort drug to fight antimicrobial resistant infections.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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