E. Coli Bacteria Migrating Between Humans, Chimps In Ugandan Park

Thu, 22 Feb 2007 10:00 AM EST

... Scientists from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana have found that people employed in chimpanzee-focused research and tourism in a park in western Uganda are exchanging gastrointestinal bacteria -- specifically Escherichia coli -- with local chimpanzee populations. And some of the E. coli strains migrating to chimps are resistant to antibiotics used by humans in Uganda. ...