Zero prevalence of extended spectrum beta-lactamase-producing bacteria in 300 breeding Collared Flycatchers in Sweden
2013 (English)In: Infection Ecology & Epidemiology, ISSN 2000-8686, Vol. 3Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 3
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-206301DOI: 10.3402/iee.v3i0.20909PubMedID: 23898397OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-206301DiVA: diva2:644421