We are more at risk of spreading E.coli bacteria through poor toilet hygiene than under-cooked meat or other food, according to new research.
Scientists have found that most superbug infections associated with E.coli are caused by harmful strains found in human faeces rather than in chicken, pork or other types of meat.
However, there are still plenty of food-poisoning bacteria, including other strains of E.coli, that can be picked up through food.
In order to limit serious, antibiotic resistant E.coli bloodstream infections, we must focus on thorough hand washing and good infection control, as well as the effective management of urinary tract infections.
“Prudent use of antibiotics is essential in both animals and humans. Antibiotics are a finite resource. We need them to continue to work when we get sick.
The research is published in the journal The Lancet Infectious Diseases
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