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Aussie Gulls carry superbug

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Old Wednesday 10th July 2019, 07:04   #1
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Aussie Gulls carry superbug

Think twice the next time you feel like cosying up to a Gull in OZ.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-48916923

It shouldn't really come as a surprise when you realise that they forage on dumps and dead stuff.
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Old Saturday 13th July 2019, 13:14   #2
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Interesting...wonder why in Australia? It's always amazing to me how there are countless deadly things that can kill you down there in OZ...deadliest snakes,spiders,crocodiles,jellyfish..now this bird's superbug!

I still want to take a trip there before I die!
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While I was carrying out a urban breeding Yellow-legged Gull survey in the city of Lagos, Portugal in 2008, I was contacted by a Swedish team of ornithologists and doctors who wanted to know of good sites to collect gull pooh where I was working. They came down to Lagos and nearby Portimão fishing ports to collect samples - their aim was to detect antibiotics in the food chain via gulls. They drove down from Sweden in a van kitted out with a freezer to keep the samples below -40ºC, to be analysed in Sweden.

I never got any feedback regarding the results but I did get a thank-you.

So this problem has been studied for a while now.

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