Researchers have long suspected that E. coli, which causes human urinary tract infections, has a strong association with E. coli in meat products. New research findings confirm this suspicion.
According to a recent survey published in the Journal of New Infectious Diseases of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chicken is a major cause of urinary tract infections in the United States. The study found that there is a great similarity between the E. coli strain that induces human urinary tract infection and the E. coli gene in the broiler slaughterhouse.
Urinary tract infections are the second most common infectious disease in humans. In the United States, approximately 8.1 million people are hospitalized each year for this disease, and the cost of medical care is between $1 billion and $2 billion. Doctors have always believed that the main cause is the pathogenic E. coli in the patient’s intestine, but in fact about 85% of cases are caused by parenteral pathogenic E. coli. This research has been exploring the external causes that may cause this disease.
The recent emergence of drug-resistant E. coli has made the treatment of urinary tract infections more difficult and costly, but it has also prompted us to recognize the importance and urgency of identifying such sources of pathogenic E. coli.
The study was conducted by researchers from several Canadian universities who collected 531 and 124 E. coli strains from urinary tract patients in Canadian cities outside Montreal and Montreal, and they were combined with national meat. The 737 E. coli strains extracted from beef, chicken and pork in the dealers were compared with the 349 samples collected from the slaughterhouse.
The researchers concluded that chicken is more likely to cause urinary tract infections than other meat products, given that food is a disease that causes urinary tract infections.
“Preventing urinary tract infections caused by E. coli should first be taken from broiler farming and broiler slaughter,” the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in summarizing the survey.
The National Chicken Meat Committee did not agree with the conclusions of this survey. The committee’s spokesperson, TomSuper, said: “We are very skeptical about the results of this survey. The meat of the researchers responsible for the investigation is the premise that people are the main cause of urinary tract infections. It is doubtful.”