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: Public health risks related to communicable diseases during the Hajj 2017, Saudi Arabia, 30 August – 4 September 2017
This document assesses the potential risk of outbreaks and transmission of communicable diseases during the Hajj taking place between 30 August and 4 September 2017.Read more
Rapid risk assessment: Cyclospora infections in European travellers returning from Mexico - 21 July 2017
Assessment of the prolonged outbreak of Cyclospora infections in Mexico which has been affecting European travellers for at least three consecutive years.Read more
Rapid risk assessment: Multi-country outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis phage types 56 and 62, MLVA profile 2-11-3-3-2 and 2-12-3-3-2 infections, 20 July 2017
A multi-country outbreak of S. Enteritidis delineated through whole genome sequencing analysis is currently ongoing, with 314 confirmed cases in Austria, France, Ireland, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom.Read more