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Could Drugs Such as Prozac Combat Food Poisoning?

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Serotonin can reduce the severity of infections caused by the bacterium E. coli O157, a common cause of food poisoning. This raises the intriguing possibility that doctors could use drugs that boost serotonin levels, such as Prozac, to treat gut bacterial infections.

Consuming food or water contaminated with the bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli) O157 can cause severe, potentially fatal food poisoning. Symptoms include bloody diarrhea, abdominal pain, and fever.

E. coli O157 and other disease-causing E. coli strains produce a potent toxin called Shiga.

The National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases estimate that Shiga toxin-producing E ...