Australian seagulls as carriers of antibiotic resistant superbugs causes alarm

Henrietta Strickland
July 12, 2019

Australian seagulls carry drug-resistant bacteria that could lead to serious infections in humans, researchers said on Wednesday, July 10.

Their study involved taking more than 550 samples from silver gulls around Australia and testing them for various bacteria.

The announcement of the study has raised an alarm among the masses.

The World Health Organization has warned of the increasing threat of so-called superbugs, bacteria that have developed resistance to known antibiotics, and called for the urgent development of a new generation of drugs.

In a situation claimed by the scientists as "eye-opening" and a "wake-up call", the birds have contracted the bacterial bugs through their process of scavenging in heaps of rubbish and sewage.

Scientists believe the pathogens could then be passed back to people who touched the birds' feces, although hand-washing would reduce the risk.

"I contain that it is a take-trace name for all govt and varied businesses, admire water medicines and well-known councils that place of residing up end, to neatly work collaboratively to care for this arena", mentioned Dr Sam Abraham, a lecturer in veterinary and clinical infectious diseases.

What's worse is it's becoming a widespread issue at beaches across the country, with seagulls found to be carrying the bacteria that could be putting humans at risk at an array of different seaside locations. The study found that more than 20 per cent of seagulls tested around Australia carried bacteria that were resistant to commonly used antimicrobial medication including cephalosporins and fluoroquinolones.

A seagull at the popular Cottesloe Beach in Perth also carried resistance to colistin, which is a last resort drug to fight antimicrobial-resistant infection.

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