Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Antibiotic resistant bacteria found in gulls

Portuguese researchers analysing droppings from Caspian Gulls found that one in ten of the birds carried antibiotic resistant bacteria. Given that these birds are wild the only way that they could have come into contact with antibiotics would have been via eating human scraps (off rubbish tips and the like).
The concern now is that these birds could act as reservoirs and transporters of resistant bacteria to other areas, and that bacteria from their droppings could re-enter the food-chain causing an increase in the spread of resistant bacteria.
See: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11374536

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