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Old 10-11-2010, 07:39 AM   #1
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Seagulls may be spreading superbugs
By Michelle Roberts Health reporter, BBC News
20 September 2010 Last updated at 19:48 ET

BBC News - Seagulls 'may be spreading superbugs'
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His team identified several strains of enterococcus bacteria in the samples - some of which were resistant to vancomycin.

Given that these are wild birds and not pets, they will not have encountered these antibiotics directly.

Instead, their exposure has come inadvertently from humans.

And the scientists believe wild migratory birds may be spreading antibiotic resistance from place to place, and to other animals and humans through their droppings...
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the scientists believe wild migratory birds may be spreading antibiotic resistance from place to place, and to other animals and humans through their droppings. "The study suggests that the wider environment has become contaminated with resistant bacteria, which is of concern as these bacteria may get recycled into the food chain.
This really makes you wonder if you should feed at all.

We trade off seasonally.
My husband gets to toss seed to the small birds of the field in the summer.
While I.... toss the leftovers to the crows in the Winter
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Old 12-15-2013, 04:33 PM   #3
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I find this study to be quite disturbing on so many levels. Are we going to kill migratory birds to keep them from spreading these superbugs that were a result of human error?


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I think the vast majority of our "issues" would go away if the powers that be would just start freeing up enough $ to manage species that aren't protected by the migratory bird act and that would be.... European starlings, English House sparrows, and pigeons. Mute swans and Branta canadensis maxima....a giant subspecies of the Canada goose.... are responsible for most of the boil orders on our water. They could use some "management" too. B. candensis maxima's numbers were once in decline but they haven't been in a long time. I'm getting really sick of seeing little kids out playing in their feces and the damage they do to ecological restorations should have been reason enough to do something about them back when we 1st realized their numbers had grow to that which was seriously out of whack.
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