STEC: Shiga toxin E.coli

(STEC a.k.a. verotoxin E.coli, VTEC) 5 point summary of highlights, see also New STEC in Europe

  • strains of E. coli with additional cytotoxic virulence similar to Shigella species
  • cause bloody diarrhoea (haemorrhagic colitis), haemolysis and renal failure  (haemolytic uraemic syndrome or HUS)
  • usually follows consumption of contaminated food
  • onset of HUS may be more than a week after initial exposure
  • current European outbreak associated with unusual strain known as E.coliO104:H4

MicroGnome, 6-JUN-11


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