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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.

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