ECDC and EFSA joint Rapid Risk Assessment: Cluster of haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) in Bordeaux, France
Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) is a type of pathogenic E. coli strain capable of producing Shiga toxins. The strains are also known as verotoxin- or verocytotoxin-producing E. coli (VTEC). Virulent strains among this pathotype are also called enterohaemorrhagic E. coli (EHEC) and can cause illness ranging from mild intestinal disease to severe kidney complications. There are around 250 different E. coli O serotypes producing Shiga toxin, of which over 100 have been associated with human disease. While the serotype O157:H7 is considered as clinically the most important, up to 50% of STEC infections are caused by non-O157 serotypes.
Rapid risk assessment: Chlamydia trachomatis false-negative test results by Aptima Combo 2 CT/NG assay in the EU/EEA, 2019
17 Jun 2019 - In April 2019, Finland reported false-negative or equivocal results in patients tested for Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) using Aptima Combo 2 Assay (Hologic) (AC2).
Multi-country outbreak of Listeria monocytogenes clonal complex 8 infections linked to consumption of cold-smoked fish products
4 Jun 2019 - This joint ECDC-EFSA rapid outbreak assessment provides an assessment of the cross-border public health risk related to L. monocytogenes infections linked to the consumption of cold-smoked fish products, possibly originating from a single food processing company.
Rapid risk assessment: Regional outbreak of New Delhi metallo-betalactamase-producing carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae, Italy, 2018–2019
4 Jun 2019 - A large outbreak of New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase (NDM)-producing carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) has been reported from the Tuscany region in Italy. Between November 2018 and May 2019, seven Tuscan hospitals notified a total of 350 cases.