Wednesday, March 28, 2012

CLUCK SQUAWK: Urinary Tract Infections May be Linked to Store-Bought Chicken!

In another case of the fox reporting on the henhouse, FOX News has reported that "Chickens may ultimately be to blame for the majority of urinary tract infection in the U.S." This sensational claim is based on a Center for Disease Control (CDC) study that found that that strains of E. coli believed to cause UTIs in women matched the strains of E. coli found in retail chicken meat. The most noteworthy aspect of this linkage is that "the bacteria did not come from any contamination during the preparation process, but from the chicken itself."

But don't take FOX News word for it. Here's a link to the actual CDC report: 

Chicken as Reservoir for Extraintestinal Pathogenic Escherichia coli in Humans, Canada

As might be expected, the CDC report is more guarded and less sensational, summarizing that the E. coli "transmission from food animals could be responsible for human infection, and chicken are the most probable reservoir." The study was conducted in Canada.
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