Liverpool University Study Finds Seagulls Can Act As A Reservoir For Multi Drug Resistant Bacteria
In a study led by researchers at the University of Liverpool, published in the Microbial Drug Resistance journal scientists have identified that urban seagulls in the UK are colonised and can spread major antimicrobial resistant Escherichia coli strains including some which have clinical relevance for public health.
Increasing populations of different species of Gulls in urban environments give rise to various public health concerns and therefore understanding the part that urban gulls have in this process may well be important for reducing the transmission of disease and resistance.
Urbanised gulls in the UK can spread and act as reservoirs of multi-drug-resistant bacteria. The BPCA is now active in the research of the problems faced by Pest Controllers of these species in order to develop further the policies designed to control gull populations.
If you have any concerns about Gull population, their behaviours and how we can help with both control and hygiene issues, please get in touch today.
An abstract of the paper can be found at: