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Most Urinary Tract Infections Are Caused by Raw Chicken

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  • Urinary tract infections (UTIs) may be a foodborne illness caused by eating chicken contaminated with certain strains of E. coli
  • A study of chicken, pork and turkey samples from retail stores found nearly 80 percent contained E. coli, as did about 70 percent of those diagnosed with a UTI in the area
  • A strain of E. coli known as E. coli ST131 showed up in both the meat samples, particularly poultry, and the human UTI samples
  • Most of the E. coli in the poultry was a variety known as ST131-H22, which is known to thrive in birds and was also found in the human UTI samples

By Dr. Mercola

Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are incredibly common, affecting up to 60 percent of women during their lifetime and leading to close to 10 million doctor visits in the U.S. annually. Most UTIs (about 80 to 90 percent) are caused by E. coli bacteria, which can be introduced into your urinary tract in a number of ways.


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