Scientists have long believed that urinary tract infections are typically caused by a person’s own E. coli bacteria, but a new Canadian study suggests the bacteria may more often than not come from chickens. Yes, chickens.
As many as 85 percent of urinary tract infections are caused by E. coli, according to the report in the March issue ofEmerging Infectious Diseases, a publication of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Researchers compared the genetic fingerprints of E. coli from these infections to that of E. coli from chicken, beef and pork. And they found a match: chicken. What’s more, they report that the infections probably came directly from the chickens, not from human contamination during food processing. http://consumer.healthday.com/Article.asp?AID=661775
HealthDay (healthday.com) – by Denise Mann – (Wednesday, February 15, 2012) –