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Bacterial and fungal flora of seagull droppings in Jersey
  1. John Cragg,
  2. Yvonne M. Clayton
  1. Department of Pathology, General Hospital, Jersey, Channel Isles, London
  2. Department of Medical Mycology, The Institute of Dermatology, St John's Hospital for Diseases of the Skin, London


    In Jersey 166 fresh and 122 dried seagull droppings were obtained and studied locally and in London for the presence of bacteria and fungi of potentially pathogenic nature. There were no salmonella or shigella bacteria isolated from the two groups but there was a high proportion of Candida albicans obtained from the fresh material (21·7%) and only 1·6% from the dry faeces. Cryptococcus neoformans and Histoplasma capsulatum were not found in either the dry or fresh droppings. The normal bacterial and fungal flora of the seagull was established and it is considered that the C. albicans in fresh gull droppings would not materially increase albicans infections in man.

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