Did Your UTI Come From a Rooster Coop?

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By Karen Pallarito

HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, Oct. 9, 2017 (HealthDay Information) — May ingesting undercooked poultry offer you a urinary tract an infection?

Perhaps. Though precisely the way it would possibly occur is not clear, say researchers on the College of California, Berkeley and the U.S. Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention who investigated a attainable foodborne supply of those frequent infections.

Their curiosity was sparked by earlier Berkeley analysis suggesting a hyperlink between some drug-resistant UTI circumstances and a sure pressure of E. coli micro organism.

E. coli are a sort of micro organism that stay within the intestines of people and animals. Most of those bugs are innocent. However some sorts of E. coli trigger an infection. Within the worst circumstances, E. coli an infection can result in kidney failure and even demise.

Researchers used E. coli from meat merchandise and urine samples from folks with UTIs to search for a attainable mechanism of transmission.

“Once we in contrast the fingerprints of the E. coli from the poultry and the human UTI circumstances, we discovered there’s an overlap of some genotypes,” mentioned research creator Dr. Lee Riley, a professor of infectious illness at Berkeley’s Faculty of Public Well being.

“We have to one way or the other clarify why UTI circumstances have the identical E. coli we discover in poultry,” mentioned Riley.

His speculation? A number of the UTI sufferers are getting an infection from meat.

UTIs trigger pelvic ache or burning with urination, a frequent urge to urinate, attainable fever and different signs. Ladies have shorter urethras than males, and so they are likely to expertise UTIs extra typically, based on the American Urological Affiliation.

Dr. Aaron Glatt is chairman of the division of medication at South Nassau Communities Hospital in Oceanside, N.Y. He wasn’t concerned within the research, however mentioned the outcomes are fascinating. They present a hyperlink however do not show trigger and impact, nonetheless.

“It is actually one thing that requires further research,” he added.

Researchers do not but know the way the an infection may be transmitted from the meat to folks. Each Glatt and Riley suspect that UTI sufferers are consuming poultry that both is not totally cooked or they don’t seem to be utilizing applicable tips for dealing with uncooked meat.


Riley and his staff collected urine specimens from UTI sufferers — largely ladies — at one well being heart in Northern California between September 2016 and Could 2017. Throughout the identical time, they recovered E. coli from meat samples acquired by means of a federal meat surveillance program, additionally in Northern California.

Of 1,020 urine samples within the research, 21 p.c had E. coli. The infection-causing micro organism was additionally present in 38 p.c of 200 meat samples examined.

A few third (32 p.c) of the hen samples and 14 p.c of turkey samples contained bacterial strains similar to these present in UTI sufferers.

“For some cause, poultry appears to be contaminated greater than different meat samples,” Riley mentioned.

The micro organism present in poultry might account for a considerable proportion of UTI circumstances, Riley mentioned. However for the reason that research was primarily based on findings in a single area of California, he and his staff had been unable to extrapolate the findings nationwide.

Glatt suggested people who find themselves liable to recurrent UTIs to observe correct hand hygiene and secure meals preparation. Wash chopping boards and knives used to slice uncooked meat. Keep away from cross-contamination that will happen when utilizing the identical utensils to chop meat and chop veggies.

Any sort of poultry ought to be cooked to an inside temperature of 165 levels F, based on FoodSafety.gov.

The researchers offered the findings Friday at ID Week 2017, the annual assembly of the Infectious Illnesses Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the HIV Drugs Affiliation and the Pediatric Infectious Illnesses Society.

Analysis offered at conferences is usually thought of preliminary till printed in a peer-reviewed publication.

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