Australia Seagulls Carry Superbugs

Maricruz Casares
Julio 10, 2019

Based on latest reports by scientists, seagulls all over Australia are carriers of superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics. The birds are carrying bacteria such as E. coli, which can cause urinary tract infections and blood disorders. The bacteria are also similar to ones that cause disease in humans in hospitals and nursing homes. However, the risk is certainly low, if hands are washed instantly later.

One sample confirmed resistance to carbapenem, which is a final-resort drug worn for excessive and high-wretchedness infections. It is thought to be the first time resistance to this type of drug has been recorded in an Australian wild animal.

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

"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.

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"Seagulls act as ecological sponges (bio-accumulators) and we have earmarked them as a potential reservoir for agents that may cause human disease", lead researcher Dr Sam Abraham said in a statement.

They are urging the Australian government to look at ways to stop the seabirds and other wildlife from scavenging at waste dumps.

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.

The World Health Organisation said that "poor infection control, inadequate sanitary conditions and inappropriate food-handling" can help the spread of drug resistance.

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