The Shiga toxin-producing E. coli infection rate in Europe jumped by 40 percent in 2018 compared to the previous year, based on data from ECDC’s annual surveillance report.

After a stable period from 2014 to 2017, the rate increased by 41 percent in 2018. This made STEC the third most common zoonosis in Europe after Campylobacter and Salmonella.

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  • I'd love to see a piece of research looking at the different STEC surveillance systems in member states (MS), maybe suggesting adjustment factors to apply to the data so we could make comparisons between these published figures. For example, some MS only count O157 because that's what their front line hospitals are geared up to test for, whereas others like us count all STEC. It would make for a better understanding of the relative risk of STEC in MS of the EU.

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