Risk assessment: Outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) in Germany
At the request of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Consumers, a rapid risk assessment has been prepared concerning the outbreak of E Coli in Germany.
Shiga toxin/verotoxin-producing Escherichia coli in humans, food and animals in the EU/EEA, with special reference to the German outbreak strain STEC O104
This joint report, produced by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), aims to give a short summary of reported Shiga toxin/verotoxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC/VTEC) prevalence and incidence in humans, food and animals.
Outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) in Germany, May 2011
Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) is a group of pathogenic Escherichia coli strains capable of producing Shiga toxins, with the potential to cause severe enteric and systemic disease in humans.
Revised risk assessment: Outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) in Germany
An update of the initial rapid risk assessment on the outbreak of E. Coli in Germany, prepared at the request of the European Commission, first published on 27 May 2011.
Rapid risk assessment update: Outbreak of Shiga toxin-producing E. coli (STEC) O104:H4 2011 in the EU, 8 July 2011
This document is an update of the EFSA/ECDC joint rapid risk assessment of 29 June and aims to add new information to this and earlier initial rapid risk assessments (27 May and 14 June 2011).
Outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in a hotel in Calpe, Spain. December 2011 – January 2012
Following notification of a cluster of cases of Legionnaires’ disease, all associated with the same hotel in Spain, ECDC has prepared an assessment of the risk to the EU.
It concludes that as the hotel has been closed, the residual risk is limited to recent hotel visitors and staff, as well as staff still working in the hotel; particularly those involved in the implementation of control measures.
Update - Outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in a hotel in Calpe, Spain, November 2011 – May 2012
Following notification of new cases of Legionnaires’ disease, all associated with the same hotel in Spain, ECDC has updated its assessment of the risk to the EU published in February 2012.
It concludes that in the absence of an identified and controlled source of Legionella, there may be an ongoing risk of exposure to Legionella for hotel guests and persons working at the hotel.
Update: Outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in a hotel in Calpe, Spain November 2011 – May 2012
The outbreak, which has been ongoing since November 2011 and is associated with a hotel in Calpe, in the province of Alicante, has to date resulted in 20 confirmed and two probable cases of travel-associated Legionnaires’ disease (TALD), while an additional three cases have been detected in hotel staff.