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ICAAC 2011 - Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Linked to Seagulls in Miami Beach

Extended spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL's) are enzymes that enable bacteria to resist multiple antibiotics.In the past few years ESBL-producing enteric bacteria (such as E. coli) have become an increasingly common cause of community acquired infections worldwide. The source of these organisms in the community still remains unclear; however, recent reports link wild animals and water reservoirs to their spread. Researchers will present research showing 8 percent of the enteric bacteria isolated from Miami Beach seagulls were positive for ESBL productionsuggesting these birds play a role in disseminating these bacteria in the environment.

 

 

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