AThe gulls are carriers of life-threatening, drug-resistant bacteria that, experts say, could be transmitted to humans.
New research suggests that one in five birds in the country is harboring strains of bacteria such as E. coli, some of which are so virulent that they could resist medication, even of last resort.
Scientists believe that seagulls pick up insects by digging into human waste, such as sewage and diapers, as well as rotten food.
Birds may be more than 1,000 km from their hatching site, which raises fears that they may be able to travel inland and transmit drug-resistant bacteria to animals in the area. # 39; breeding.
Dr. Sam Abraham, who led the study at Murdoch University in Perth, said children could be exposed if they touched their mouths after playing on rocks or rocks. Grass where infected seagulls had been.
"What we have discovered is that, regardless of the condition, the Australian gull population is carrying superbugs, or antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, that cause infection in humans," he said. declared.
"These are the ones who are resisting drugs of importance to human health, that is where our initial concerns are."
The research team examined the droppings of 562 Herring Gulls along populated coastal areas between 2015 and 2017.
Some faeces contained bacteria resistant to last-resort medications such as carbapenems and colistin.