"Humans are now transmitting their pathogens to commensal wildlife around Australia's major cities and these drug resistant microbes are likely to be returned with interest through contaminated surfaces, water and food", Dr Dunlop said.
It's called antimicrobial-resistant bacteria and if you're infected by it, it could cause issues like urinary tract infections and sepsis which occurs when chemicals released in the bloodstream to fight an infection trigger inflammation throughout the body.
Seagulls at some level of Australia are carrying superbugs resistant to antibiotics, scientists stutter. The bacteria are also similar to ones that cause disease in humans in hospitals and nursing homes. It's the first time resistance to the medication has been detected in wild Australian animals and humans could be to blame by feeding seagulls when they visit the beach. It is thought the seagulls contracted the bugs from sewage and soiled diapers or "nappies" while scavenging on garbage dumps and bins. However, the risk is certainly low, if hands are washed instantly later.
One sample confirmed resistance to carbapenem, which is a final-resort drug outdated for severe and high-probability infections.
Lead researcher Dr Abraham, lecturer in Veterinary & Medical Infectious Disease at Murdoch University, told Euronews he and his fellow authors in the study were surprised by the results.
"Quite a large number of the bacteria were actually human clones or human bacteria, so the seagulls had picked this up somehow from humans, they had not come directly as a seagull bacteria", O'Dea added.
"We believe the seagulls were picking it up from humans".
Owning to reports, silver gulls for instance carry bacteria such as E. coli. It said it was concerned about the spread of diseases that were resistant to "antimicrobial agents".