Food poisoning with E. coli bacteria might contribute to the development of Crohn’s disease.
People who had a severe bout of food poisoning may be at risk of infection by a type of E. coli bacteria and, possibly, the onset of Crohn’s disease, according to a study published in the journal PLOS Pathogens.
The study, “Acute Infectious Gastroenteritis Potentiates A Crohn’s Disease Pathobiont To Fuel Ongoing Inflammation In The Post-Infectious Period,” was conducted by Cherrie Small and her colleagues at the Michael G. DeGroote Institute for Infectious Disease Research.
Food poisoning — caused by infection with such food-borne organisms as Campylobacter, Salmonella, Shigella and E. coli O157:H7 — is a common, but sometimes life-threatening, problem for millions of people. Although certain cases are symptom-free, others can range from mild intestinal discomfort to severe dehydration and bloody diarrhea. or worse.
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