Infectious Diseases 2018

Infectious Diseases 2018

Strain of E. Coli spread from poultry to people

7 September, 2018

Escherichia coli sequence type 131 (ST131) has emerged rapidly to become the most prevalent extraintestinal pathogenic E. coli clones in circulation today. The findings in a new study published in  the journal mBio indicate that E. coli in fresh poultry can be passed to people, causing urinary tract infections (UTIs). While many people believe these common infections are a minor problem, invasive UTIs that involve the kidneys or blood can be life-threatening,The findings support the hypothesis that the ST131-H22 strains that contaminate retail poultry products originate from food animal populations rather than humans.
These findings highlight the importance of cooking poultry thoroughly and handling it carefully in the kitchen.