Right now, genetic predisposition is frequently thought to be the primary cause of inflammatory bowel disease. This means that specific people may respond differently to certain infections. Apparently, though, there's a particular bug which causes them, and it's already living in the bowels of the person. In fact, our guts house more bugs or microbes than the cells in the whole body.
This suggests that the infection isn't something that can get transmitted from one person to the next. It's not something that you might catch from another member of your family. It means that there is a distinct type of E. coli which may be the cause of IBD. However, there's a need for more research to prove this fact. If confirmed, then it's also possible for scientists and researchers to come up with an antibiotic which can help cure the disease.
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