Korean J Clin Microbiol.  2008 Apr;11(1):66-68. 10.5145/KJCM.2008.11.1.66.

A Case of Escherichia coli O157 Hemorrhagic Colitis

  • 1Department of Laboratory Medicine, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea. pij0304@paran.com


Escherichia coli O157 is an important serotype of enterohemorrhagic E. coli that causes hemorrhagic colitis worldwide. Outbreaks of E. coli O157 have been assocoated with contaminated food like meat, raw milk, and water, but recently vegetables and fruits have accounted for a growing number of recognized outbreaks. We isolated verotoxin producing E. coli O157 from the stool of a 3 year-old female with bloody diarrhea and abdominal pain. The child had been eating salad with vegetables and fruits frequently.


Escherichia coli O157; Colitis; Vegetables

MeSH Terms

Abdominal Pain
Disease Outbreaks
Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli
Escherichia coli
Escherichia coli O157
Shiga Toxins
Shiga Toxins



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