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

The European Union One Health 2019 Zoonoses Report

Surveillance report -

Publication

Ninth external quality assessment scheme for typing of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli

External quality assessment -

Publication

External quality assessment (EQA) of performance of laboratories participating in the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Network (EARS-Net), 2019

External quality assessment -

Publication

Shiga toxin/verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC/VTEC) infection - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2018

Surveillance report -

Publication

The European Union Summary Report on Antimicrobial Resistance in zoonotic and indicator bacteria from humans, animals and food in 2017/2018

Publication, Surveillance report -

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Investigation of travel-related cases in a multinational outbreak: example of the Shiga-toxin producing E. coli outbreak in Germany, May–June 2011

Jan 2015

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Laboratory preparedness for detection and monitoring of Shiga toxin 2-producing Escherichia coli O104:H4 in Europe and response to the 2011 outbreak.

Jun 2013

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Public health risks of enterobacterial isolates producing extended-spectrum (beta)-lactamases or AmpC (beta)-lactamases in food and food-producing animals: An EU perspective of epidemiology, analytical methods, risk factors, and control options

Apr 2013

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Monitoring EU Emerging Infectious Disease Risk Due to Climate Change

Apr 2012

Peer-Reviewed Publication

Experiences from the shiga toxin-producing escherichia coli O104:H4 outbreak in Germany and research needs in the field, Berlin, 28-29 November 2011

Feb 2012

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Disease networks

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