Antimicrobial-resistant bacteria in avian scavengers
The emergence of bacteria resistant to antimicrobials is of worldwide health concern. Wildlife has been increasingly reported as carriers of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria due to their often-close contact with domestic animals and human waste.
Together with the “Grup d’Anellament Calldetenes-Osona (GACO)” we are finding a high prevalence of this multidrug-resistant bacteria isolates from Griffon vultures feeding at landfills, suggesting their transmission from domestic animals and humans.
This species may serve as sentinel of the antimicrobial-resistant bacteria burden and environmental contamination effects of human waste disposal sites.