Chicken, Life-threatening UTIs and Women's Health

About the webinar

With 6--8 million cases per year, urinary tract infections (UTIs) primarily impact women. As many as 85 percent of UTIs are caused by E. coli bacteria, most often a specific form of E. coli known as ExPEC. ExPEC are believed to cause up to 40,000 deaths from bloodstream infections each year. As they get more resistant to antibiotics, ExPEC infections and resulting deaths will rise. It's a troubling trend, given that these infections are already becoming more antibiotic resistant. This webinar focuses on the new, compelling science showing that women are contracting ExPEC infections from eating contaminated chicken. What's more, we are now finding that chickens raised in environments where antibiotics are routinely added to chicken feed for growth promotion has helped create this problem.

Our speakers include Dr. Lance Price, a microbiologist doing cutting-edge research on how food, agriculture and resistant infections are linked and Susan Vaughn Grooters, MPH of STOP Foodborne Illness who will talk about the experiences of victims of drug-resistant UTIs, including an announcement of a new patient-based registry for resistant pediatric UTIs.

Presentation Slides


Lance B. Price, Ph.D.

The George Washington University

Dr. Price is pioneering the use of genomic epidemiology to understand how the misuse of antibiotics in food animals affects public health. By analyzing the genomes of bacteria found in humans,…

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Susan Vaughn Grooters, MPH

Keep Antibiotics Working

Susan Vaughn Grooters is a Policy Analyst for the Keep Antibiotics Working Coalition.

David Wallinga, MD

Natural Resources Defense Council

David Wallinga is a physician with more than 20 years of experience in writing, policy, and advocacy at the intersection of food, nutrition, sustainability, and public health. His current work…

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Posted August 8, 2012