E. coli in Packaged Poultry May be Responsible for Urinary Tract Infections

According to study, pathogenic E. coli can spread through packed poultry products. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs), are passed on from person to person, but a new study has claimed that retail chicken and other poultry products may cause different types of infections in consumers.

It was earlier believed that E. coli from people and poultry were related to one another, but with this study, it has been proven that the bacteria went from poultry to people and not vice versa.

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Author Dr. Lance B. Price and his colleagues explained that a widely distributed subtype, E. coli ST131 had advanced and could rapidly colonize the human bladder after gaining access to the bloodstream.

Researchers have always believed that the most common ST131 lineage, ST131-H30, spreads from among persons. Previous studies have also found that food animals do not play a major role in this. However, a different lineage, ST131-H22 interested Dr. Price and his team because it’s found inside living chickens and turkeys and the meat products gotten from them.

To draw their conclusion, the team collected and analyzed 1,725 blood and urine samples from all UTI cases and also took 2,452 retail meat samples that were purchased twice a month from different grocery chains.

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They discovered that 72% of human samples tested positive for some strain of E. coli, and 80% matched those from meat.

The researchers said that the particular E. coli strain was capable of thriving in poultry and causing disease in people.


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