A researcher at McGill University in Montreal has found that E. coli bacteria found in chicken can indirectly cause urinary tract infections in women.
This bacteria, called Escherichia coli, lives in the intestine. It can cause illness, but can also live there without making someone sick.
The new study, led by Amee Manges of McGill, found that in women, E. coli can spread from the anus to the vagina and urethra during sex, leading to an infection in the urinary tract.
Manges advised consumers to avoid contaminating kitchen surfaces and other foods with uncooked chicken juices.