Extended spectrum beta-lactamases detected in Escherichia coli from gulls in Stockholm, Sweden
2011 (English)In: Infection ecology & epidemiology, ISSN 2000-8686, Vol. 1, 7030- p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
In order to investigate if bacterial antibiotic resistance was present in gull populations in urbanised areas, we conducted a study in which faecal samples from gulls were collected in central Stockholm, Sweden in April and May 2010 and screened for extended spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBL)-type antibiotic resistance. Eighteen of 194 randomly selected Escherichia coli isolates harboured ESBL of CTX-M phenotype. Since the bacteria are unlikely to have developed the resistance in gulls, it may indicate leakage of resistant bacteria to the environment. As many gulls find food and shelter in cities around the world and thereby share their habitat with dense human populations, the finding that as many as 9% of gulls carry ESBL-type antibiotic resistance may imply that zoonotic transmission between gulls, humans, and other animals is likely to occur in such places. This study illustrates how ecologically widespread the problem of antibiotic resistance has become and this has implications for future policy making to reduce the spread of bacteria with antibiotic resistance.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 1, 7030- p.
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-170897DOI: 10.3402/iee.v1i0.7030OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-170897DiVA: diva2:509707