Online Program

Drug resistant UTIs in women: Scourge that tastes just like chicken?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 9:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

David Wallinga, MD, MPA, Food and Health Program, Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP), Minneapolis, MN
Urinary tract infections are both common in women, but also cause a significant amount of discomfort and illness. In hospitals, especially, resistant strains of bacteria causing UTIs can lead to death. ExPEC is a name that for certain multi-drug resistant strains of E coli that can cause severe extraintestinal infections including UTIs. Research over the last five years now makes a compelling case that ExPEC infections in the human population re closely linked to the consumption of chicken contaminated with these same strains, despite the fact that the food supply is not currently for these bacteria, since they are not considered to be significant causes of foodborne illness. Because American women suffer several million UTIs each year, the public health impact of ExPEC tracable back to industrial chicken production is quite dramatic.

Learning Areas:

Public health biology

Learning Objectives:
Describe the morbidity and mortality from drug resistant UTIs caused by E coli; Describe the arc of new science linking these infections to consumption of contaminated chicken; Explain policy options and public benefits from addressing UTIS with food policy change.

Keyword(s): Food and Nutrition, Infectious Diseases

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I work on antibiotic use in the food system, links to resistant bacteria and human infections, like UTIs
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.