Based on latest reports by scientists, seagulls all over Australia are carriers of superbugs that are resistant to antibiotics.
Owning to reports, silver gulls for instance carry bacteria such as E. coli. Allegedly, the bacteria can cause urinary tract infection, in addition to sepsis and blood infections.
The announcement of the study has raised an alarm among the masses. People fear that the antibiotic resistant bacteria which has recently hit hospitals could in return have adversaries on human and other animal population.
In a situation claimed by the scientists as ‘eye-opening’ and a ‘wake-up call’, the birds have contracted the bacterial bugs through their process of scavenging in heaps of rubbish and sewage.
The research states, that humans could be affected by the bacteria, if for instance they touch the seagull feces. However, the risk is certainly low, if hands are washed instantly later. As per the study, some of the bugs found in the feces were resistant to the antibiotic medicines such as fluoroquinolone and cephalosporin. One of the samples also showed that the bug was resistant to carbapenem, a drug which is commonly known as a last resort drug and is used in case of severe and high risk infection.
The research study was conducted at the Murdoch University in Perth. “I think that it is a wake-up call for all government and various agencies, like water treatment and big councils that manage waste, to properly work collaboratively to tackle this issue,” commented Dr Sam Abraham, a lecturer in veterinary and medical infectious diseases.