Seagulls 'superbug carriers that cause human infection'
Australian seagulls are carrying potentially lethal drug-resistant bacteria that experts fear could be passed on to humans.
One in five birds in the country may host strains of bacteria such as E.coli.
Scientists believe seagulls are picking up the bugs while scavenging through human waste, such as sewage and nappies, as well as rotting food.
The birds have a range of more than 1,600km from where they hatched, leading to concern they may fly inland and pass on drug-resistant bacteria to farm animals.
Dr Sam Abraham, who led the study at Murdoch University in Perth, said children could be exposed if they touched their mouths after playing, adding: "What we found was the gulls in Australia are carriers of superbugs, or antimicrobial resistant bacteria, that cause infection in humans." (© Daily Telegraph, London)