Escherichia coli (E.coli)

Escherichia coli (E.coli) are very common bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, and part of the normal bacterial flora. However, some E.coli strains are able to produce a toxin that could produce serious infection. The main reservoir of such E.coli strains is grass-feeding animals, cattle in particular. Their meat might become contaminated by faecal matter due to poor processing methods during slaughter, and their faeces might end up contaminating other foods (e.g. milk, vegetables) and water.

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Latest outputs

Publication

Communicable disease threats report, 18-24 July 2021, week 29

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Rapid risk assessment: Increase in OXA-244 -producing Escherichia coli in the European Union/European Economic Area and the UK since 2013, first update

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Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infection - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2019

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The European Union Summary Report on Antimicrobial Resistance in zoonotic and indicator bacteria from humans, animals and food in 2018/2019

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News

Campylobacter and Salmonella cases stable in the EU

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Peer-Reviewed Publication

Attributable deaths and disability-adjusted life-years caused by infections with antibiotic-resistant bacteria in Switzerland

Jan 2019

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Early findings in outbreak of haemolytic uraemic syndrome among young children caused by shiga toxin-producing escherichia coli, Romania, January to February 2016

Jan 2016

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Evaluation of molecular typing of foodborne pathogens in European reference laboratories from 2012 to 2013

Jan 2016

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Severe Ebola virus infection complicated by gram-negative septicemia

Apr 2015

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Risk ranking of pathogens in ready-to-eat unprocessed foods of non-animal origin (FoNAO) in the EU: Initial evaluation using outbreak data (2007-2011)

Feb 2015

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European Food- and Waterborne Diseases and Zoonoses Network (FWD-Net)