Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infection - Annual Epidemiological Report for 2020

Surveillance report
Publication series: Annual Epidemiological Report
Time period covered: This report is based on data for 2020 retrieved from The European Surveillance System (TESSy) on 5 November 2021.

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control. STEC infection. In: ECDC. Annual epidemiological report for 2020. Stockholm: ECDC; 2022.

For 2020, 28 EU/EEA countries reported 4 824 confirmed cases of Shiga toxin -producing Escherichia coli (STEC) infection. The overall notification rate was 1.6 cases per 100 000 population. The highest notification rates were reported in Ireland, Malta, Denmark, and Norway. The EU/EEA notification rate decreased notably in 2020 compared with 2016-2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The highest rate of confirmed cases was observed in 0–4-year-old children, with 8.6 cases per 100 000 population for males and 7.5 cases per 100 000 population for females.