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Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC): Update on outbreak in the EU (8 July 2011, 11:00)

08 Jul 2011
Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC): Update on outbreak in the EU (8 July 2011, 11:00)

Update since 7 July (11:00): As of today, using the new case definition, the cumulative number of non-HUS STEC cases in the EU is 3 024, including 16 deaths and 750 HUS cases, including 28 deaths.

In Germany, since 7 July, three probable HUS cases have been excluded, and seven non-HUS STEC cases have been newly reported. Five HUS cases and eight non-HUS STEC cases fell ill within the last 10 days (28 June – 7 July). The last known date of illness onset in a patient with confirmed STEC O104 was 27 June 2011. The last reported date of illness onset among all cases was 4 July 2011.

In Denmark, one HUS case and one non-HUS STEC case have been newly reported. They have been attributed to person-to-person transmission, from relatives who are known cases infected in Germany.

There is no update regarding the outbreak in France (Bordeaux Region).

The table below shows the distribution of reported cases per country, excluding suspected cases. The next update will be available on Monday 11 July 2011.

Table 1: Number of probable and confirmed HUS cases and non-HUS STEC cases with associated deaths per EU/EEA Member State as of 7 July, 11:00

 

Member States

Number of HUS cases (deaths)

Number of non-HUS STEC cases (deaths)

Austria

1 (0)

4 (0)

Czech Republic

0 (0)

1 (0)

Denmark

10 (0)

15 (0)

France

6 (0) *

2 (0) **

Germany

704 (27)

2 952 (16)

Greece

0 (0)

1 (0)

Luxembourg

1 (0)

1 (0)

Netherlands

4 (0)

7 (0)

Norway

0 (0)

1 (0)

Poland

2 (0)

1 (0)

Spain

1 (0)

1 (0)

Sweden

18 (1)

35 (0)

The United Kingdom

3 (0)

3 (0)

TOTAL

750 (28)

3 024 (16)

Note: the numbers in this table represent the total number of cases reported at the European level (ECDC) so far. Although daily numbers of reported cases have steadily decreased in the last weeks, these cumulative numbers continue to rise due to reporting delays at the various levels.

Suspected cases (Germany: 154 HUS (7 deaths), France: 1 HUS, 8 non-HUS) are not included in this table.

* Cases reported from the new outbreak in Bordeaux
** Cases reported earlier, linked to travel to Germany

Read more on ECDC site:
Escherichia coli (E. coli) health topic site
EFSA/ECDC Joint Rapid Risk Assessment (29 June 2011) / See all risk assessments on Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC)
EFSA Technical Report, published on 5 July

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