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October 21, 2020 - Phys.org

Seagulls, penguins and pigeons all found carrying drug resistant superbug

Seagulls, penguins and pigeons all found carrying drug resistant superbug
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New research has revealed more bird populations—including penguins and pigeons—that live in close proximity to the urban environment are carrying drug resistant bacteria that can cause serious infections in humans.

The team from Murdoch University also found one in two seagulls were carrying Escherichia coli (E. coli), up from two in ten when initial research on the topic was carried out, and they are passing it on to the other bird species.

Led by Murdoch University antimicrobial researcher Sam Abraham, the researchers found genetic markers tying the resistant bacteria found in the birds to those found in humans.

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