Food borne E. coli

Thu Jul 2 13:21:11 EST 1998

Stomach acid does provide a barrier against many bacteria and viruses.  
However, any bacteria or virus which causes GI illness must have some 
degree of innate resistance to acids.  The time it takes for a 
bacteria or virus to get from the stomach to the intestine is a 
factor, as well as the presence of food in the stomach.  With regard 
to E. coli, if the bacteria is in a large piece of food, it might make 
it through the stomach with no problem, and this is often the case 
with contaminated hamburger.  Certainly antiacids probably compromise 
this barrier, but I am not familiar with any studies relating 
increased susceptibility to food poisoning with the use of these meds.

Jay Mone'

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