Daily bowel movements and Escherichia coli O157 infection

Arch Dis Child. 2002 Oct;87(4):335-6. doi: 10.1136/adc.87.4.335.


The usual bowel habits of 259 school age children before the large outbreak of E coli O157 infection in Sakai City in the summer of 1996 were investigated. A daily morning movement and/or frequent bowel movements may be a protective factor against infection, while being constipated contributed to a worsening of symptoms.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Constipation / complications
  • Defecation*
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Escherichia coli Infections / epidemiology
  • Escherichia coli Infections / etiology
  • Escherichia coli Infections / physiopathology*
  • Escherichia coli O157*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Japan / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Risk Factors