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E-M:/ Everybody’s gulls, everybody’s problem

It took time and a lot of DNA analysis, but scientists have found that not only do gulls carry germs specific to themselves—which you’d expect—but they also are very likely carrying microorganisms that can cause disease in humans.

In the December issue of the Canadian Journal of Microbiology, the researchers reported that they found a link between gull feces and human pathogens. They also looked for the parasites Cryptosporidium and Giardia and didn’t find them, nor did they find any human viruses.