Outbreaks of E. coli O104:H4 infection

Countries in the WHO European Region have reported significant numbers of infections from verocytotoxin-producing Escherichia coli O104:H4, resulting in a large number of cases of bloody diarrhoea and haemolytic uraemic syndrome (HUS) in Germany, and in 15 other countries in Europe and North America. More recently, another cluster of cases in the Bordeaux region of France, and a single case in Sweden, have been reported.

WHO supports coordination of information sharing through the International Health Regulations, the International Food Safety Authority Network (INFOSAN) and other reporting mechanisms; it is monitoring the outbreaks, and providing the latest information. WHO is working closely with national health authorities and international partners to detect the unusual bacterial strain and track down its source.