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Zero prevalence of extended spectrum beta-lactamase-producing bacteria in 300 breeding Collared Flycatchers in Sweden
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Sciences, Infectious Diseases.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Biology, Department of Ecology and Genetics, Animal ecology.
2013 (English)In: Infection Ecology & Epidemiology, ISSN 2000-8686, Vol. 3Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Wild birds are important indicators and potential spreaders of antibiotic resistance. The order Passerines is scarcely studied apart from Corvus sp. but extended spectrum beta-lactamases (ESBLs) has been found in Blackbirds. We tested 300 fecal samples from a well-studied population of Collared Flycatchers (Ficedula albicollis) at the Island of Gotland in Sweden and found no ESBL-producing bacteria. These results support the idea of 'ecological guild' as Blackbirds are ground-foraging invertebrate feeders, whereas Collared Flycatchers are aerial insectivores not regularly coming into contact with fecal contaminations and therefore less prone to acquire pathogens spread by the fecal-oral route.

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2013. Vol. 3
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-206301DOI: 10.3402/iee.v3i0.20909PubMedID: 23898397OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-206301DiVA: diva2:644421
Available from: 2013-08-30 Created: 2013-08-30 Last updated: 2013-08-30Bibliographically approved

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