Most urinary tract infections in the U.S. may be caused by chicken meat, according to a surprising new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Urinary infections were long believed to be tied to E. coli bacteria in a person’s own gut. But a new CDC examination of the bacterial strains in women diagnosed with urinary infections found they closely matched those of E. coli found in retail chicken meat.
What’s more, the bacteria in the meat was not a result of contamination, but appeared to come from the chickens themselves.
CDC researchers said strains of E. coli from beef and pork, which they also analyzed, were less likely to match the strains that cause infections. READ MORE