IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An antibiotic resistant ``superbug'' has been found by University of Iowa researchers in area wildlife.
The potentially deadly bacterial strain MRSA was found in two rabbits and a migrating bird in a study led by the university's Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases.
MRSA is a contagious bacterial infection often called a superbug because it is resistant to many commonly used antibiotics.
Epidemiology professor Tara Smith says previous research has found MRSA in swine and pets and a few cases in the wild, such as in dolphins and chimpanzees. But she says this was the first time a broad species distribution was studied in one geographical area.
Researchers collected samples from 114 animals brought to the Wildlife Care Clinic at Iowa State University.