The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has issued an updated risk assessment on the outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O104:H4 in the EU.
The epidemiological picture of the STEC O104:H4 incidence in Europe suggests a transition phase, from the main outbreak events in Germany and France related to the infected seeds used for sprouting, towards a future risk for new clusters or a continued incidence of sporadic cases. With this objective in mind, specific reporting of new cases occurring at the EU level has been implemented as of 5 July 2011.
ECDC is continuously monitoring the Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) outbreak and publishes a daily epidemiological update which includes the most recent numbers of haemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and non-HUS cases reported by EU Member States.
ECDC latest risk assessment, 8 July 2011
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