Thursday , July 7 2022

The gulls bring a great threat to humans


Sharing fried fish and potatoes with seagulls on the beach can cause damage to their health, and researchers who show that birds carry superposed drug-resistant.

A study that discovered that silver Australian gulls were infected with bacteria resistant to antimicrobials that could cause illness in humans such as urinary tract infections and sepsis.

"Gulls act as ecological sponges and have been destined as a potential drug repository that can cause human illness," said the antimicrobial researcher at Murdoch University, Sam Abraham.

"This is the first comprehensive study that states that gulls in Australia are carriers of E. Coli causing resistant diseases that could affect humans."

More than 20% of proven gulls carried resistant bacteria to two antimicrobial drugs commonly used in humans.

The birds found in NSW and Victoria were also resistant to carbapanem drugs, which were used to combat antimicrobial-resistant infection in hospitals if other drugs failed.

A seagull on the popular Cottesloe beach in Perth also resisted colistin, which is a last resort drug to fight against antimicrobial resistant infections.

Researcher Mark O & Dea said that it was the first time that a drug resistance was registered in an Australian wild animal.

"Gulls could acquire this pathogen through their opportunistic feeding habits, where excess human waste is depleted and, subsequently, they could extend these resistant bacteria to great distances," he said.

Australian Associated Press

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