Joint ECDC/EFSA rapid outbreak assessment: multi-country outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli infection associated with haemolytic uraemic syndrome in Romania and Italy
An outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infection associated with haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) and affecting mostly young children has been reported in February and March in Romania. Italy reported one HUS case with an epidemiological link to Romania on 21 March 2016.
ECDC Director to the Informal Health Council on EHEC/STEC outbreak: Strengthen EU cooperation against epidemics essentialArchived
In his speech to the Informal Health Council on 5th July, ECDC Director Marc Sprenger outlined the lessons learnt from the EHEC/STEC outbreak in EU, as well as the need to strengthen EU cooperation against epidemics.
EFSA Task Force reports on Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) outbreakArchived
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a new report from its Task Force on the Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) outbreak in Germany and France. The Task Force has now concluded that one lot of fenugreek seeds imported from Egypt and used to produce sprouts is the most likely common link between the two outbreaks. EFSA continues to advise consumers not to grow sprouts for their own consumption and not to eat sprouts or sprouted seeds unless they have been cooked thoroughly.
ECDC update on outbreak in Germany and cluster in FranceArchived
On Friday 24 June, France reported a cluster of eight patients with bloody diarrhoea, after having participated in an event in the commune of Bègles around Bordeaux on 8 June. Of these, seven have developed HUS, a severe complication of E. coli infection. In three of the patients, infection with E. coli O104:H4 has been confirmed.
Eurosurveillance report reveals characteristics of the German outbreak strain of E.coli and diagnostic screening toolsArchived
On June 14, Eurosurveillance published new information on the characteristics of the German outbreak strain of E.coli and how these microbiological findings have been shared in real time by public health microbiology experts to disseminate best laboratory practice for case detection and public health investigations across Europe and beyond.
Audio conference on clinical management of haemolytic uremic syndrome and severe Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infections, ECDC, 9 June 2011Archived
In the context of the ongoing outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) that affects by now citizens from 13 EU member states, it is crucial not only to align the efforts regarding investigation and control of the outbreak but also to share knowledge among practitioners across Europe on the patho-physiological and clinical characteristics of infection caused by this unusual epidemic strain, and review patient management options.
German authorities issue a joint statement on the Shiga toxin-producing E.coli outbreakArchived
Today, the German authorities published a press release on the current Shiga toxin-producing E.coli outbreak. In their joint statement they recommended in particular to abstain from eating raw sprouts.