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Seagulls spreading superbugs?

Published on 24/09/2010
A healthcare plan to treat superbugs may be needed after it was found that deadly bacteria could be being spread by migratory birds.

Portuguese researchers have found that antibiotic-resistant bacteria can be carried by seagulls.

They studied 57 samples of droppings from the yellow-legged Caspian Gull Larus Cachinnans, finding that one in ten contained bacteria resistant to the antibiotic vancomycin, which is a last resort treatment used when most other antibiotics have failed.

Reported in the journal Proteome Science, the scientists speculate the birds pick up the infections from eating scraps in human garbage.

"Migrating birds that fly and travel long distances can act as transporters, or as reservoirs, of antibiotic-resistant bacteria and may consequently have a significant epidemiological role in the dissemination of resistance," said lead scientist Gilberto Igrejas, of the University of Tras-os-Montes and Alto Douro.

The white and grey seagulls used in the study are common in many southern parts of the UK.

It was recently reported that the Health Protection Agency has found evidence that superbug versions of common food poisoning, such as e.coli, are present in farm animals across Britain.
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