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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria in seagull feces alarms researchers

More than 20% of silver gulls tested in Australia harbor antibiotic-resistant bacteria -- including some pathogens resistant to last-resort antimicrobials -- raising concern that dangerous bacteria will spread to people, pets and livestock. Gulls in cities are likely picking up superbugs when they scavenge at waste treatment plants and garbage dumps, and the findings, published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, should be "a wake-up call" to manage waste properly, researcher Sam Abraham said.

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