Seagulls all over Australia are carrying superbugs resistant to antibiotics, scientists say. They found more than 20% of silver gulls nationwide carrying bacteria such as E. coli, which can cause urinary tract and blood infections and sepsis.
The research has raised fears that the antibiotic-resistant bacteria- similar to superbugs which have hit hospitals – could infect humans and other animals. Scientists have described it as a “wake-up call”.
The birds are believed to have contracted the bugs from scavenging in rubbish and sewage. The scientists who conducted the research on behalf of Murdoch University in Perth have said it is “eye-opening”, The Guardian reported.