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Global Health
September 15, 2015

Poor Sanitation Practices Associated With Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes

JAMA. 2015;314(11):1107. doi:10.1001/jama.2015.11112

Poor sanitation practices, particularly open defecation, among mothers to be are associated with a higher risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes than that among women with access to a latrine, according to a study carried out by an international team of researchers (Padhi BK et al. PLoS Med. 2015;12[7]:e1001851).

Globally more than 1 billion people—638 million living in India—practice open defecation. This practice can expose people to contact with human feces, promoting infection. Such practices may contribute to adverse pregnancy outcomes, although a clear causal link has not been demonstrated.