Bird droppings carry risk of antibiotic resistance

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ScienceDaily– “Bird droppings may pose more health risks than people realize, according to Rice University environmental engineers who study antibiotic resistance.”

“Their study found high levels of genes that encode antibiotic resistance harbored by opportunistic pathogens in the droppings of common urban ducks, crows, and gulls.”
“The study led by postdoctoral research associate Pingfeng Yu of Rice’s Brown School of Engineering appears in the Elsevier journal Environmental Pollution. Yu is a member of the lab of civil and environmental engineer and co-author Pedro Alvarez.”

 

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