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

Surveillance report
Publication series: Annual Epidemiological Report on Communicable Diseases in Europe
Time period covered: This report is based on data for 2019 retrieved from The European Surveillance System (TESSy) on 5 October 2020.

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infection. In: ECDC. Annual epidemiological report for 2019. Stockholm: ECDC; 2021.

ECDC’s annual surveillance reports provide a wealth of epidemiological data to support decision-making at the national level. They are mainly intended for public health professionals and policymakers involved in disease prevention and control programmes.

Executive summary

  • For 2019, 29 EU/EEA countries reported 8 313 confirmed cases of Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infection.
  • The overall notification rate was 2.2 cases per 100 000 population.
  • After a stable period, the notification rate increased in 2018−2019.
  • The highest notification rates were reported in Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Malta, and Norway.
  • The highest rate of confirmed cases was observed in 0–4-year-old children (10.3 cases per 100 000 population).