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Factory-farmed chicken causes most UTIs

Friday, August 2, 2019  
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Most UTIs are caused by exposure to contaminated chicken

In the past, recurrent UTIs were thought to be caused by reinfection by the same pathogen, but recent research published in the Journal of Molecular Biology suggests this pattern has changed, and the reason why UTIs tend to have such a high recurrence rate in postmenopausal women is because the infection can be caused by several different pathogens.

According to the authors, the data uncovered via urine and bladder biopsies "suggest that diverse bacterial species and the adaptive immune response play important roles" in recurrent UTIs.

American, Canadian and European studies published in 2012 all confirmed close genetic matches between drug-resistant E. coli collected from human patients and those found on poultry (chicken and turkey).

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